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Leading or Leaving? Britain's Place in a Changing Europe

3 March 2015 - 09:00 to 10:30

Chatham House, London


Chair: Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, 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, the outcome of which would be difficult to predict. Meanwhile, the current government’s  pursuit of a ‘new settlement’ with the EU remains a largely unfulfilled, and loosely-defined, ambition. Changes in Europe, and particularly within the eurozone, in the coming years are also likely to present a challenge to Britain and the other states that remain outside the single currency.

The participants will discuss these challenges, and consider how the next government can meet demands for reform, whilst maintaining its influence in the European Union. 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only. 

Podcast: Chatham House Director Robin Niblett discusses the challenges and choices for the UK as a member of the EU with Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP; Peter Kellner, President, YouGov; and Quentin Peel, Mercator Senior Fellow, Chatham House.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.