“Britain and the EU: Difficult Questions”
25 February 2016, 9:30 a.m.-15:00 p.m., One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ
The relationship of the United Kingdom with the European Union is entering a new chapter. The UK is seeking a new settlement with its European partners through a process of renegotiation, and will put the result of this process to a public vote, asking in a referendum whether to stay in the European Union or to leave.
This event examined different aspects of the UK’s relationship with the EU and the impact current developments will have on this relationship. There will be discussion of the political debate, centering on the current renegotiation and the referendum ahead, as well as a session on the popular debate focussing on the public’s perception of the EU institution. There will also be the launch of a new Federal Trust pamphlet, authored by Graham Bishop, on how the future relations between members and non-members of the Eurozone, such as the UK, can be managed.
The event offered an opportunity to hear from speakers from a variety of backgrounds, and discuss these difficult questions ahead in the relationship between the UK and her European partners.
Jackie Minor, Head of Representation, European Commission Representation in the UK; Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly; Neil Carmichael, Conservative MP for Stroud; Sir Stephen Wall, former European adviser to the British Prime Minister; Baroness Smith of Newnham, University of Cambridge; Timothy Kirkhope, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber; Dr Tim Oliver, Dahrendorf Fellow on Europe-North America Relations, LSE Ideas; Professor Richard Whitman, Professor of International Relations, University of Kent.
More information can be found here.