Published: 21 May 2014

Would Britain fare better outside the European Union?


A free lecture exploring the case for staying in the EU is taking place on Wednesday 18 June.

David Cameron’s promise for an in/out referendum in 2017 has put our future relationship with Europe under unprecedented scrutiny.

Eurosceptics claim this is an opportunity to free ourselves from bureaucracy and to chart a new course in more dynamic global markets. But could leaving the EU actually put Britain’s future prosperity at risk?

The polls say that a vote tomorrow would have Britain heading for the exit door. So, in the face of familiar headlines, what’s the case for staying in the EU?

The lecture called ‘Wish EU weren’t here?’ starts at 6pm and will take place in the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Brownlow Hill.

Sir Richard Lambert, Chair, Banking Standards Review and former Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry will speak at the event which is being chaired by Dr Roger Phillips, Presenter at BBC Radio Merseyside.

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2 thoughts on “Would Britain fare better outside the European Union?

  1. Erik

    It is a shame that this was arranged after the election and after most students have gone home for the summer..!

    1. Joanna (Administrator) on behalf of Matthew Cliff, Heseltine Institute Post author

      Hi Erik,

      The event is part of the University’s contribution to this summer’s International Festival for Business in Liverpool and, as former DG of the CBI, Sir Richard will be covering what an EU exit would mean for commerce. Drawing on the results of the elections, the event will be an opportunity to assess what the picture now looks like for the EU debate in the run-up to the general election and, of course, any eventual referendum.

      Whilst we realise that the IFB and this event fall after the exam period, we very much hope that the debate and the international audience that we’re expecting may provide an incentive to stay in town for a little longer. If that’s not a possibility, you’ll be able to catch up on the webcast at:

      Matthew Cliff, Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice – University of Liverpool

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