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This report examines the balance of competences between the European Union and the United Kingdom in the area of the Single Market. It is a reflection and analysis of the evidence submitted by experts, non-governmental organisations, businesspeople, Members of Parliament and other interested parties, either in writing or orally, as well as a literature review of relevant material. Where appropriate, the report sets out the current position agreed within the Coalition Government for handling this policy area in the EU. It does not predetermine or prejudge proposals that either Coalition party may make in the future for changes to the EU or about the appropriate balance of competences.
The government is carrying out a review of the balance of competences between the EU and the UK. The review will provide an analysis of what the EU does and how it affects the UK. See this detailed guide for full details of the review programme.
The Foreign Secretary launched the balance of competences review in Parliament on 12 July 2012.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) led on the report on the overall application and effect of the EU internal market, also known as the ‘single market’ in the first semester of the review.