Challenges and Choices for the UK: The Europe Dilemma
Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform
Jonathan Portes, Director, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Dáithí O’Ceallaigh, Co-editor, Britain and Europe: the Endgame; Irish Ambassador to the UK (2001-07)
Bruno Waterfield, Brussels Correspondent, The Times
Chair: Quentin Peel, Mercator Senior Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Few issues divide British politics like the European Union. The rise of UKIP and the Conservative Party’s commitment to an in/out referendum have increased the probability of a national vote on membership in the near future. Meanwhile, the current government’s pursuit of a ‘new settlement’ with the EU remains an unfulfilled, and loosely-defined, ambition.
The panel will discuss where the UK parties stand on European policy, how the result of the election could change the course of the UK’s relationship with the EU, and how changes in Europe, and particularly within the eurozone, in the coming years are also likely to present a challenge to Britain and other member states outside the single currency.