In the wake of the EU referendum, concerns remain about the apparent information deficit on the conduct and quality of the debate that accompanied both the campaigns and the discussion in the immediate aftermath of the result. This report attempts, as far as is possible, to offer a value-free overview of the workings of the EU. It covers:
- the EU’s history
- a description of the EU’s legal foundations
- key institutions
- an overview of six key outputs of EU decision-making – the Single Market, Competition Policy, Trade, Agriculture, Regional Policy, and Justice and Home Affairs
- a brief review an analysis of the euro and the Eurozone crisis.