An Evening Panel Discussion - Britain and Europe – if out, how?
Allister Heath, Editor, City A.M.
Dr Andrew Lilico, Managing Director, Europe Economics
Ruth Lea, Economic Adviser, Arbuthnot Banking Group
Ian Milne, Director, Global Britain
Mark Reckless, Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood
Ronald Stewart-Brown, Director, Trade Policy Research Centre
There is a wide range of voices arguing that Britain would prosper and have a freer economy outside the European Union. However, there is little discussion about the possible options for Britain outside the EU and, indeed, those who wish to leave have often not succeeded in sketching out an alternative vision effectively. Some viable alternatives to full membership of the EU would involve the UK accepting the rules made by the EU but with little influence on those rules. Other approaches would require exporters to pay the common tariff but without having to abide by the regulations coming from Brussels. A range of other possible relationships between Britain and Europe could be envisaged and negotiated too. If Britain is to be a free-trading nation with a prosperous and deregulated economy, but outside the European Union, a coherent vision of how this will be achieved is essential. We hope that our panellists will provide us with such a vision.
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