The Real EU Debate - 3/12/2013
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THE REAL EU DEBATE:
SHOULD WE STAY, OR SHOULD WE GO?
---- Tuesday 3rd December 2013, 7:00pm ---
One Birdcage Walk, Westminster
The debate about Britain’s relationship with the EU is currently characterised by wishful thinking and a lack of clarity.
Some EU-critics claim that it will be possible to substantially renegotiate the terms of our membership and to return many powers to Westminster - but do not explain how securing the agreement of 27 other EU countries to significant UK opt-outs can be achieved.
The pro-EU lobby, on the other hand, calls for reform in Brussels - but does not spell out what will be the likely implications of the eurozone crisis and proposed 'fiscal union' for a Britain that remains an EU member but outside the single currency.
There is a need for an honest exchange of ideas on the real choice that people will face in the growing likelihood that there is a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU.
Namely, the potential costs and benefits for the UK of either staying in the EU and engaging in full EU monetary and political union, or leaving and defining a new, looser relationship with the EU based on free trade and voluntary co-operation.
As the EU-neutral campaign for an EU referendum, the People's Pledge is ideally placed to facilitate this real debate. Working with John Stevens and EUouth (the campaign to engage youth with the EU) and the Democracy Movement (Britain's leading all-party anti-EU campaign) we have assembled an impressive panel of respected speakers:
For 'We Should Go':
- Lord Lawson of Blaby (Conservative) - Chancellor of the Exchequer 1983-89
- Gisela Stuart MP (Labour) - UK Parliament Representative, EU Convention on the Future of Europe
- Graham Stringer MP (Labour) - former Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office & government whip, Co-Chairman of the Democracy Movement
For 'We Should Stay':
- Mary Honeyball MEP - Labour spokesperson on the European Parliament's Women's Rights & Gender Equality Committee
- John Stevens - founder of the Pro-Euro Conservative Party and former Conservative MEP
- Vicky Pryce - economist, former Joint Head of the Government Economic Service, Liberal Democrat
Debate chairman: Lord Digby Jones - former Director General of the CBI and former Minister of State for Trade and Investment
Date: Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Time: 7:00pm - drinks reception afterwards in the Marble Hall & Gallery
Venue: The Lecture Theatre, One Birdcage Walk, Westminster SW1H 9JJ
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Later this week we will post pictures and video taken at the event, so please check back soon.