Paris, 26 May 2016 – What EU without the United Kingdom? And what United Kingdom without the EU?
The Jacques Delors Institute organises, in partnership with the European Affairs Master association at La Sorbonne, a debate about the Brexit, less than a month before the refendum which will settle its maintaining in the EU.
18.30 > 20.30
Amphithéâtre Guizot, 17 rue de la Sorbonne 75005 Paris
Yves BERTONCINI, Director of the Jacques Delors Institute
18h45 – 20h30 – Table ronde
Jean-Louis BOURLANGES, Member of the Jacques Delors Institute’s Board of Directors, former MEP
Elisabeth GUIGOU, President of the Foreign affairs’ Commission at the French National assembly
Sir Julian KING, United Kingdom’s ambassador to the French Republic
Pauline SCHNAPPER, Professor of Contemporary British civilisation at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, member of the Institut Universitaire de France
Round table animated by Paul TAYLOR, European Affairs Editor, Thomson Reuters
Debate with the audience
On 23 June 2016, the British people will go to the polls to decide whether or not the United Kingdom will remain in the European Union. The results will be a landmark event, especially if the electorate votes leave. The EU is not a prison, and nobody can argue against the results, but a victory of the “Out” campaign must be considered as a real possibility.
Will it be an earthquake? In any case, it is a difficult choice with consequences for both parties. Will this mean a weakened Union in the eyes of the world? The beginnings of its “dismemberment”? Of its dissolution? Or will it spell a re-composition and a new beginning? For its part, will the UK be triumphantly freed from its supposed “chains”, or will it be an isolated country, reduced more-or-less to England after the divorce of the resolutely European Scotland?
The Jacques Delors Institute invites you to debate these questions in the presence of the United Kingdom’s ambassador to France.