Building bridges for a successful campaign to stay in the European Union
From 09:00 until 17:30
At Europe House (London)
Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU
The UK’s continued membership of the European Union (EU) is being increasingly advocated publicly by leading businesses and social partners. The urgent need now is to build confidence and co-operation between pro-Europeans in the main political parties and key stakeholders in advance of a possible referendum. This seminar, convened by the non-partisan European Movement, will bring together MPs, members of political parties, business, unions, NGOs, the media, communications firms, the European Movement and other leading opinion formers. The seminar aims to help build a cohesive pro-European campaign, and to identify tailored messages and the best means to target key voting segments such as the under 25s, women and ethnic minorities. In order to maximise the opportunity for inter-active discussion, speakers in the first two sessions have been asked to intervene for no more than 5 minutes each. Discussion will be on the record to allow messages to be communicated to a wider audience.
915: Welcome: Petros Fassoulas, Chairman, European Movement UK
Jacqueline Minor, Head of Representation, European Commission, London
0930-1030: KEY STAKEHOLDERS
This session will discuss securing the support of key stakeholders such as large and small business, and the unions. What are the most relevant messages for each stakeholder group to maximize their support, and that of their employees or members, for continued EU membership?
Chair: David Grace, Senior Vice-Chair, European Movement; Director, Social Liberal Forum
Alisdair McIntosh, Director, Business for New Europe (BNE), London
Owen Tudor, Head, EU Affairs, Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Alexandra Renison, Europe & Trade Policy Adviser, Institute of Directors
1030-1145: KEY VOTER SEGMENTS
After a ten minute overview by the chair of research on public attitudes towards key issues such as immigration, this session will discuss securing the support of key voter segments such as the ‘mainstream’, youth, ethnic minorities, and EU 27 nationals resident in the UK. What are the core messages for each group to maximize their support for our continued EU membership? How best to communicate with them?
Chair: Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future
Peter Wilding, Director, British Influence, London
Filippo Addarii, Head, EuropeLab, Young Foundation
Roger Casale, Chair, New Europeans
1215-1315: THE POLITICAL CONTEXT
What are the scenarios and prospects for any renegotiation and a referendum? What are the lessons from the previous Dutch and Irish EU referendums? Participants are invited in particular to draw lessons from the recent Scottish independence referendum where appropriate.
Chair: Baroness Smith of Newnham, Liberal Democrat peer and Director, European
Centre, POLIS, Cambridge University
Dr Richard Corbett MEP, Deputy Leader, Labour MEPs, European Parliament
Michiel van Hulten, Visiting Senior Fellow, European Institute, London School of
Economics and Political Science; former Dutch Labour MEP
1315 Sandwich lunch (tea, coffee, orange juice and water available)
All organisations in the seminar have been invited to display their pamphlets, newsletters and blogs relating to their work on the EU and the UK’s continued membership.
1445-1615: CONCLUDING SESSION: THE WAY FORWARD
The concluding session will highlight key conclusions from the seminar and action points which can best contribute to an effective non-partisan campaign for staying in the EU.
Chair: Nick Hopkinson, Member, National Executive, European Movement;
former Director, Wilton Park, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1445-1515: Reflecting on the previous sessions, what is the best strategy to win a possible EU referendum? What are the key messages for each voting segment and how best to win support?
Peter Kellner, President, YouGov
1515-1600 Open discussion: the way forward and action points
1600-1615: Concluding Remarks
Laura Sandys MP, Conservative member for South Thanet
1615-1730 Networking reception (wine, water and orange juice available)
Enquiries about participation and the programme to: Nick Hopkinson, National Executive Member, European Movement. contact: email@example.com
Places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis whilst ensuring a range of institutions are represented. The programme is subject to change.