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New Think Forum: Britain's Role in Europe
Mon 21 November 2016, 19:00 – 21:30 GMT
Bright Blue’s Think Forums are spaces for those on the centre-right to come together to chat about politics and discuss policy. Each forum is coordinated by one of our members and meets at an informal venue in central London. All are welcome to attend.
This new Think Forum will bring together politicians, international relations specialists, lawyers, economists, industrialists and others to examine how to further the UK’s and the EU/EFTA’s mutual interests in free trade, and to undertake that examination in the broader context of the UK’s place in Europe politically, culturally and socially, as well as economically.
Post-Brexit, how can the UK play a positive role in building an economically successful, diverse and entrepreneurial Europe that stands for freedom and opportunity, and is a force for good in the wider world?
Our two guest speakers are:
Sunder Katwala - the director of British Future. He has previously worked as a journalist. He was general secretary of the Fabian Society thinktank from 2003 to 2011, and was previously a leader writer and internet editor at the Observer, a research director of the Foreign Policy Centre and commissioning editor for politics and economics at the publisher Macmillan.
Dr Paul Copeland - a senior lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London and director for the Centre of European Research at Queen Mary. Paul’s research focuses on the political economy of European integration, particularly with respect to the EU’s competence in employment and social policy. He is regularly invited to provide expert opinion on these matters by the House of Lords, the European Parliament and the European Commission.
To get a flavour for the new think forum and its aims, you can read this article from Centre Write which was been written to coincide with the launch of the Europe forum