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The UK’s European Union Referendum June 2016


Publication date:

20 May 2016

Last updated:

29 October 2018


Policy and Public Affairs

Views from the opposing campaigns of the EU referendum.

On 23rd June the British population will be given the opportunity to vote to remain or leave the European Community. This is second such referendum to be held on renewal of membership, with the first conducted  in 1975 following formal UK entry to the then EEC in 1973.

In line with many professional bodies - particularly Chartered bodies - the CII does not have a corporate view on the vote itself.  We recognise that individual members will have strong views on both sides of the debate.  However, as a professional body we believe it is our responsibility to facilitate a balanced and informed debate on the issues at stake for our members, particularly where they impact insurance and financial planning sectors, as well as the wider economy.


  • As part of this process we have asked both campaigns; Britain Stronger In Europe and Vote Leave to contribute to a special referendum Thinkpiece.
  • Lucy Thomas - Deputy Director of Britain Stronger In Europe, makes the case for the UK remaining in the EU.
  • John Longworth - Chair of the Vote Leave Business Council, makes the case for the UK leaving the EU.


This document is believed to be accurate but is not intended as a basis of knowledge upon which advice can be given. Neither the author (personal or corporate), the CII group, local institute or Society, or any of the officers or employees of those organisations accept any responsibility for any loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the data or opinions included in this material. Opinions expressed are those of the author or authors and not necessarily those of the CII group, local institutes, or Societies.