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Renegotiation, Reform and Referendum: Does Britain have an EU future? London Conference

Date: Tuesday 11th February 2014

Time: 3.30pm-7.00pm (Followed by drinks)

Venue: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU


  • Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, Minster without Portfolio, Cabinet Office
  • Gareth Thomas MP, Shadow Europe Minister
  • Andrea Leadsom MP, Conservative MP and Founder of the Fresh Start Project
  • Baroness Falkner, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson
  • Prof Tim Congdon, UKIP Economics Spokesman
  • Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive, NCVO
  • Owen Tudor, Head of European Union and International Relations, TUC
  • Andy Bagnall, Director of Campaigns, CBI
  • Jackie Minor, Head of Representation, European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom
  • John Peet, Europe Editor, The Economist
  • Mary Dejevsky, Columnist, The Independent

BBC Parliament recorded the political panel debate which is available on on BBC Iplayer.

This upcoming London Conference, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the UK, aims to examine the key details around the proposed renegotiation of competences, the options for reform of how the European Union operates and the planned 2017 EU membership referendum. The conference will assess the objectives of different political and societal stakeholders as well as explore the key drivers of public sentiment. It will examine what reforms the EU is being asked to undertake by key business, NGO and union stakeholders on a regular basis through the development of ordinary EU legislation and where extra political impetus outside business as usual would be required to achieve key objectives. The conference would explore the areas of EU competence that different stakeholders would like to see addressed as part of any UK renegotiation initiative. It will also review how such renegotiation proposals and the wider UK debate is regarded in other member states and how EU partners plan to respond to British requests.

The conference is now operating a waiting list as it is currently full. Please contact

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