What influence? The UK and Europe

The hashtag for the event is: #UKEUinfluence

Council

The influence the UK exerts over the European Union has emerged as a major issue of contention in the debate on whether the UK should stay or leave the EU. In this one-off event speakers with diverse views address five key questions:

  • Is the UK a maker or taker of EU decisions and structures?
  • Is the UK marginalized in EU institutions?
  • Does the UK get what it wants from the single market?
  • Has the UK lost control over its borders?
  • Does the EU increase, decrease or have no effect on the international influence of the UK?

The speakers include some of the most important voices in the debate and some of the leading experts in the field including: Nigel Lawson, Charles Grant, Stephen Wall, Catherine Barnard and Piers Ludlow.

09:30

Arrival and coffee

10:00
Introduction: Simon Hix, Harold Laski Professor of Political Science, London School of Economics and
Senior Fellow ‘UK in a Changing Europe’, Hussein Kassim, Professor of Politics, UEA and Senior Fellow
‘UK in a Changing Europe’ and Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, King’s College London and Director of ‘UK in a Changing Europe’

10:15
Panel 1. The UK: maker or taker?

Chair: Anne McElvoy, The Economist
Professor John Charmley, UEA ‘British entry to the European Communities: a huge mistake’
Dr Piers Ludlow, Reader, London School of Economics, ‘Negotiating entry’
Sir Stephen Wall, former UK diplomat and official historian of the UK and the European Union, ‘Looking back: from Heath to Blair’

11:15

Coffee

11:30

Keynote:
Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, King’s College London and Director of ‘UK in a Changing Europe’
Lord Lawson of Blaby, President, Conservatives for Britain, ‘The case for Brexit’

12:30

Lunch

13:15
Panel 2- Does the UK get what it wants from the single market?

Chair: Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy, Institute of Directors
Oliver Lewis, Research Director, Vote Leave, ‘EU regulation and the UK’
Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union Law, University of Cambridge ‘Free movement’
Dr Angus Armstrong, Director of Macroeconomics, National Institute of Economic and Social Research ‘Banking and Finance’

14:15
Panel 3: Is the EU a multiplier or nullifier of UK’s international influence?

Chair: Nina Schick, Communications Director, Open Europe
Patrick Minford, Professor of Applied Economics, Cardiff Business School, ‘The UK, the EU and the world’
Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform, ‘Trade’
Richard Whitman, Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, ‘British influence in the world’

15:15
Coffee

15:45
Panel 4. Is the UK marginalized in ‘Europe’?

Chair: Dr Sara Hagemann, Assistant Professor, London School of Economics
Hussein Kassim, UEA, ‘The UK and the European Commission’
Simon Hix, LSE, ‘The UK and EU legislative institutions’

16:45

Break

17:00
Panel 5. Has the UK lost control over its borders?

Chair: Heather Rolfe, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Steve Peers, Professor of EU Law and Human Rights Law, University of Essex, ‘Migration’
Stephen Booth, Co-Director, Open Europe, ‘Security and migration’

18:00
Drinks reception

 

The event is open to anyone interested in the debate and entry is free. To register please email: esrceurope@kcl.ac.uk

For further information please contact: UKandEUppl@uea.ac.uk

Venue: The Council room, King’s Building, Strand Campus, London, WC2R 2LS

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