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Forty Years of the UK in the EU - Looking Back, Looking Forward

The European Parliament Office in the UK and Business for New Europe would like to invite you to a panel discussion on the 40 year anniversary of UK's accession into the European Economic Community.  

This event not only looked back over the 40 years since the UK became a member of the Single Market but it also discussed the future challenges for the UK in Europe. We asked what influence has the UK had in shaping the EU as we know it and what are the real political choices facing the UK in its relationship with Europe?

This inaugural event of a series held by the European Parliament Office over the course of 2013 consisted of two panel discussions - one looking at the lessons that we can draw from the last 40 years of the UK's membership, another looking at where we are and where we should be heading. There was also an opportunity for audience members to ask questions following the discussion.

Where: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU
When: 11 January 2013
Time: 08:30 - 11:30

The event began with a welcome from Bjorn Kjellstrom, Head of the European Parliament Information Office in the UK and Phillip Souta, Director of Business for New Europe.

Discussions moderated by Laura Kuenssberg, Business Editor for ITV News

Speakers: First Panel

Prof. Dame Helen Wallace, Emeritus Professor, European Institute of the London School of Economics

Sir Stephen Wall, Head of UKREP (1995-2000)

Dr. Oliver Daddow, University of Leicester

Bill Cash MP, Chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee

Speakers: Second Panel

Lord Wallace of Saltaire, Spokesman for Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Cabinet Office

Andrea Leadsom MP, South Northamptonshire

Richard Ashworth MEP, Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament

Mary Honeyball MEP, Labour MEP for London



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Coverage in the Press

The Herald
The Herald (2)
BBC News

Extracts of the event were transmitted by BBC Parliament on 25/1/2013


First Panel: Looking Back

Second Panel: Looking Forward