Saturday 6 February 2016, 13:00-17:00 | Cardiff City Hall, Gorsedd Gardens Rd, Cardiff, CF10 3ND
The UK’s relationship with Europe has reached a turning-point. David Cameron’s renegotiation of Britain’s EU membership is drawing to a close. The in/out referendum on ‘Brexit’ looms.
But what does it mean for typical British families? How compelling is the people’s case for the EU? Is Europe ‘for us all’ today, and how might that change after future reforms?
This event in Cardiff was the first of a series of three half-day conferences, kindly supported by the European Commission and organised by the Fabian Society. With so much of the EU debate focused on the ‘business case’, these sessions examined the ‘people’s case’ and create a space for open discussion about what the referendum choice might mean for typical families in Britain.
The conference featured a wide range of views about what it means for Britain to be part of the EU, with speakers including Chris Bryant MP (shadow leader of the House of Commons, and former Europe minister), Roger Casale (chair, New Europeans), Wayne David MP (shadow minister for political reform), Catherine Fookes (AM candidate for Monmouth), Nia Griffith MP (shadow Welsh secretary), Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society), Kelvin Hopkins MP (Labour MP for Luton North), Gwynoro Jones (vice-chair Wales, European Movement), Jim Melody (Vote Leave), Jeremy Miles (Labour candidate for Neath), Stewart Owadally (Wales campaign director, Britain Stronger In Europe), Alexandra Philips (head of media, UKIP), Jenny Rathbone AM (Labour AM for Cardiff Central) and Derek Vaughan MEP (Labour MEP for Wales).
To listen to a podcast of the Cardiff ‘Europe for us all’ conference, click here.
For details of the Manchester ‘Europe for us all’ conference, click here.
For details of the Brighton ‘Europe for us all’ conference, click here.