Rebutting the Government’s pro-EU propaganda

The Minister for Europe's misleading claims
David Lidington MP, Minister for Europe, has claimed that there are a number of benefits that follow from Britain’s EU membership. In this rebuttal the Bruges Group addresses the main points he raises and counter his pro-EU propaganda.

Invitation to European Reform Debate
On Monday 5th September – the day Parliament returns – a debate on European reform will be held in Westminster between leading Eurorealists and Europhiles
Date: Monday 5th September 2011
Venue: Grand Committee Room in Westminster Hall
Speakers will include Chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee, Bill Cash MP; former Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy MP; Director of the Centre for European Reform, Charles Grant; Chairman of the Bruges Group and former Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, Barry Legg; founding Chairman of Business for New Europe, Roland Rudd; Chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee, Bernard Jenkin MP; senior strategist at BGC Partners, Howard Wheeldon; former Europe minister, Denis MacShane MP; Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council of Foreign Relations after having served as the first Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency in Brussels, Nick Witney; newly elected Member of Parliament for North-east Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP; influential UK economist and economic columnist for Standpoint, Tim Congdon and; author of EFTA or the EU? Hugo van Randwyck in the Grand Committee Room in Westminster Hall.

This follows a successful European Reform Forum in 2005 with distinguished participants from both sides of the European question in the light of the political crisis created by the ‘No’ votes to the European Constitution in the referenda in France and Holland – a debate that was as fundamental as the one required today to deal with the overarching problems stemming from economic crisis. (Please find enclosed the BBC report of the previous Forum). It is essential that there is now a debate on the European question which considers all sides of the argument.

The day will be divided into separate sessions. Each session will take one hour and 15 minutes, including audience participation and questions, with the four keynote speakers (two speakers on either side of the question) commencing with eight minutes each, followed by twenty minutes of questions and answers, and with five minutes for each of the keynote speakers to conclude.

The planned sessions held between 10am and 5pm on Monday 5th September are as follows:
  • Session 1: 10am to 11.15am – EU / UK Economy
  • Session 2: 11.30am to 1pm – EU / UK Foreign Policy and Defence
  • Lunch break: 1 to 2pm
  • Session 3: 2pm to 3.15pm – EU / UK Democracy and political institutions
  • Session 4: 3.30pm to 4.45pm – EU / UK Solutions
Please RSVP to Jim McConalogue at mcconaloguej@parliament.uk as soon as possible

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