Britain and the EU: an ever closer union of peoples?

  • May 2, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Speaker: Sir Malcom Rifkind
Chair: Professor Maurice Fraser

The acute economic crisis of the euro, coupled with the chronic political crisis of Europe’s democratic deficit, have created a situation in which Britain’s membership of the European Union can no longer be taken for granted. Former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind outlines a ‘moderate eurosceptic’ approach to the issue, which he believes would produce a mutually beneficial solution acceptable to the United Kingdom and her European partners alike.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind is Conservative Member of Parliament for Kensington. He first entered Parliament in 1974 as Member for Edinburgh Pentlands, serving as Defence Secretary between 1992 and 1995, and as Foreign Secretary between 1995 and 1997. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which oversees the UK’s intelligence agencies.

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  • Mona

    P.S. Thankyou Maja for organising another really interesting event....

    May 4, 2013

  • Mona

    An excellent talk from Sir Rifkind, who is an engaging speaker, articulate & insightful. When Douglas Hurd showed up in the audience, was quite amazing to be in such close proximity with two ex British foreign Ministers! Thoroughly enjoyed good discussion in the pub afterwards...

    May 4, 2013

  • Michael

    I thought one of the key points of Rifkind’s speech was that for the single currency to work, there needs to be a single fiscal policy in the Euro zone. What that means is a single budget and single tax system for the member countries who use the euro. This of course would require those countries to surrender their sovereign powers over their budgets and tax systems to a central European authority. So the underlying issue is do you want to surrender your sovereignty to a central authority of unelected bureaucrats? If you don’t, then the single currency will continue to be beset with the problems that we see today.

    Enjoyed the discussion afterwards at the pub. Very interesting, friendly and welcoming group of people.

    May 3, 2013

  • Loukia

    Podcast will be available soon. Stay tuned...

    May 3, 2013

  • Caroline D

    Rifkind articulated clearly how he would like to negotiate with the EU going forward-now why doesn't the UK press ever explain that? It was also great to listen to him dealing with questioning from Hurd.

    May 3, 2013

  • Loukia

    Glad you all enjoyed Rifkind's speech. I also found it well argued and studied. Excellent public speaker too. Sorry i had to leave in the middle of the Q&A though... Had to go back to the office, too many events this time of year.... Good to see some of you before the lecture!

    May 3, 2013

  • David O.

    Interesting evening in the view points being expressed.

    May 3, 2013

  • Ana

    Very interesting talk, and nice chatting to all in the pub!

    May 2, 2013

  • Maja

    Good arguments from Rifkind and excellent debate in the pub. Very stimulating evening!

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • Yoana D.

    this was good, going straight home due to achy teeth

    May 2, 2013

  • Loukia

    Hi all, as often is the case, we are again expecting a high attendance for this event tomorrow, therefore pls try to get there by 6.20 at least. Look forward to seeing you all xx

    May 1, 2013

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