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6 February in Europe House: The United Kingdom and the State of the European Democracy

The relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union can be described as difficult at times. The country has been an EU member for over forty years, but is an outsider in some areas. The country, for example, will not let go of their own pound in favor of the euro and it is not a full member of the Schengen Treaty. For how long can the UK keep its unique position in the European Union?

Background information

A debate between Sir Graham Watson, member of the European Parliament, and professor Deirdre Curtin. This debate is moderated by Hans Goslinga.

The United Kingdom and the European Union

In 2013 Prime Minister Cameron called for a review of the relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. For example, Cameron wants to reverse the transfer of powers to the EU in the field of social policy and justice. He also has plans for a referendum on EU membership in 2017.

In the European Union the discussion is, on the other hand, about more political and economic integration. The EU wants more powers to effectively solve the economic crisis and to regulate the financial sector, an important factor in the economy of the United Kingdom. How does the UK deal with further integration in the light of democratic legitimacy? Is it possible for the UK to keep its unique position in the European Union?

This debate is part of the debate series 'The State of European Democracy' i, organised by the Montesquieu Institute and Dutch newspaper Trouw.

Practical information

Date: Thursday, February 6th
Venue: Campus The Hague, The Hague, The Netherlands

Program

16h15: Doors open
16h45: Welcome by Hans Goslinga
16h50: Introduction by Deidre Curtin
17h10: Introduction by Sir Graham Watson
17h30: Debate, moderated by Hans Goslinga
18h15: Reception

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