This site contains government information on the EU referendum. No material was published on this website between 27 May and 23 June 2016, in line with the restrictions set out in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.


The EU referendum takes place on the 23rd June. On this page you'll find a frequently asked question on the UK's sovereignty and the Government's answer to this question.

Isn’t the UK’s sovereignty undermined by EU membership?

No. The UK Parliament retains ultimate sovereignty in the UK. The EU is one of the key international organisations – like NATO, the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – that the UK has chosen to participate in to pursue our own national interests. Membership of all these organisations increases our say on key international issues like the rules governing international trade, tackling climate change, improving international security and international development.

Being a member of the EU means that we have a seat at the table to influence important decisions. If we leave, we will lose our ability to influence decision-making, despite the fact that many EU decisions will continue to affect the UK.

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