The EU as a Global Trading Bloc – Good or bad for British business?

The debate will address the following issues:

  • Does negotiating international trade agreements as a 28-country strong bloc help or hinder the UK?
  • What are the prospects for getting better trade deals with countries such as the US, India, China and Brazil outside the EU?
  • How would the UK’s global commercial position be affected if it left the EU?


Introductory remarks by Jacqueline Minor, Head of European Commission Representation in the UK , and Mats Persson, Director of Open Europe.


  • Lord Peter Mandelson, former Business Secretary and former European Commissioner (tbc)
  • Vicky Pryce, economist
  • Syed Kamall MEP and Leader of the UK Conservative Delegation in the European Parliament
  • William Dartmouth MEP, UKIP

The debate will be chaired by Chris Giles, Economics Editor at the Financial Times


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