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PANEL DISCUSSION - Britain and the EU

Together with the Oxford University Conservative Association, the Oxford Forum is delighted to welcome you to our second Panel Discussion of the Term!


What is really meant by the recurring question of an 'ever closer union'? Can a continent made up of competing identities and conflicting interests really coexist under a single coherent government bloc? Is this desirable?

The panel will look at these fundamental questions concerning Britain's relationship with the EU, as well as the challenges associated with deeper economic and political integration.



Tom Brake MP - a British Liberal Democrat politician and the Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington in South West London. He has a distinguished record in Parliament, holding several shadow ministerial positions and he is now currently the Liberal Democrat Chief Party Whip and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson.

Roger Bootle - a British economist and a weekly columnist for the Daily Telegraph. He is currently the Managing Director of Capital Economics, an independent macroeconomic research consultancy. He has written widely on the issues surrounding the EU and his recent book ‘The Trouble with Europe’ won the Wolfson Prize for Economics.

Jan Zielonka - a professor of European politics and Ralf Dahrendorf Fellow at St Antony’s College. He has written numerous books and papers on the nature of the EU, including most recently Europe as Empire, which seeks to challenge mainstream thinking about the nature of the EU.

Professor Tim Congdon CBE - an economist and businessman who has held a variety of roles, including as advisor to the Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1992 and 1997. He has founded the International Institute of Monetary Research and is currently the honorary chairman of The Freedom Association He has written widely on the EU in articles for the IEA, Standpoint Magazine and the Bruges Group.


The event is free and open to all - we'd love to see you there!

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