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EU in the World

The EU as a Global Trading Bloc - Good or bad for British business? - London, 13 December 2013

The debate addressed the following issues:

  • Does negotiating international trade agreements as a 28-country strong bloc help or hinder the UK?
  • What are the prospects for getting better trade deals with countries such as the US, India, China and Brazil outside the EU?
  • How would the UK's global commercial position be affected if it left the EU?
  • What sectors of the economy have the most to win or lose from the negotiations for EU-wide compromise?
  • Are the EU’s trade negotiations sufficiently transparent or is there a need for more parliamentary scrutiny?


The debate was chaired by Chris Giles, Economics Editor at the Financial Times


Jacqueline Minor, Head of European Commission Representation in the UK  
Mats Persson, Director of Open Europe
Vicky Pryce, economist
Stephen Adams, Partner of Global Counsel LLP
Dr Syed Kamall MEP and Leader of the UK Conservative Delegation in the European Parliament
William (The Earl of) Dartmouth MEP, UKIP

Time | 8.30 for 9.30am-11.00am
Venue| Europe House, 32, Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU

This event was organised in partnership with Open Europe.

For those of you on Twitter, the hashtag for the debate was #EUandUK