Task 3 – Individual report
According to the article written by Gavin Thomson and published by the Commons library Standard on 18 September 2013, EU membership influences the UK economy in a number of ways. The most important effects arise through the Single Market, the programme of economic integration through which the EU’s ‘four freedoms’ are guaranteed.
But the economic impact of the EU is felt in other areas of its policy, too. The EU has exclusive competence to negotiate trade and investment agreements with countries outside the Union; and it is a customs union with a common external tariff on imported goods. Membership thus profoundly affects the UK’s trade relations with non-EU members.
There are also fiscal consequences to membership as a result of the UK’s contributions to the EU budget. Consumer prices are affected through the Common Agricultural Policy and common external tariffs levied on imports. And the fact of EU membership may also influence decisions made by foreigners about whether to invest in the UK.
Prepare a report addressing the following:
(a)Discuss the significance of international trade to UK business organisations. AC4.1.
(b) Analyse the impact of global factors on UK business organisations AC4.2.
(c) Evaluate the impact of policies of the European Union on UK business organisations