Mile End Institute

Britain and Europe: The Lessons from History

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9 November 2015

Time: 9:00am
Venue: British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace

Other speakers included Neil Kinnock, Gisela Stuart, Bernard Donoughue, Tom McNally and representatives from the CBI and Business for Britain.

The event was funded by the ESRC's UK in a Changing Europe initiative and took place at the British Academy.

Watch the speech by David Lidington, Minister for Europe:


Full programme:

Why has Europe been such a difficult subject for Britain?

James Ellison, QMUL; Piers Ludlow, LSE; Helen Parr, Keele

Stephen Booth, Open Europe; Gisela Stuart Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston

Read James Ellison's article: Why has Europe been such a difficult subject for Europe?


What are the lessons of the 1974-75 renegotiation?

Daniel Furby, Fipra; Mathias Haeussler, Cambridge University

Bernard Donoughue, former advisor to Harold Wilson; Tom McNally, former advisor to James Callaghan

Read Mathias Haeussler's article: What are the lessons of the 1974-75 renegotiations?


Why did the British people vote yes in 1975 and what are the prospects for 2016-2017?

Lindsay Aqui, QMUL; Robert Saunders QMUL

Philip Stephens, Financial Times; Cordelia Hay, Britain Thinks; David Torrance, writer and broadcaster

Read Lindsay Aqui's article A Majority Attained by Fraud? The Government Information Unit and the 1975 Referendum

Read Robert Saunders' article: What Can we Learn from the 1975 Campaign?

Q&A with Lord Kinnock


Watch a video of Lord Kinnock in conversation with Ritula Shah

What is the role of business in Britain’s relationship with the EU?

Glen O’Hara, Oxford Brookes & Neil Rollings, University of Glasgow
Steven Altmann-Richer, CBI; Alex Story, Business for Britain

Read Neil Rollings' article: Lessons from the 1975 business campaign

Read Glen O'Hara's article: What is the role of business in Britain's relations with the EU?