3rd September 2002




As Europe gets to grip with a new single currency and eastward expansion of the European Union continues apace, more and more Britons are wondering what the future holds.


To encourage the debate on the future of the EU the University of Lincoln is to stage a Question Time event later this month where members of the public can pose questions and discuss key issues with a panel of experts.


Joining three East Midlands MEPs on the panel on Thursday 19th September will be Ian Barnes, Jean Monnet Professor of European Economic Integration at the university.


Also taking questions from the audience will be Roger Helmer MEP (Conservative), Bill Newton-Dunn MEP (Liberal Democrat) and Phillip Whitehead MEP (Labour).


The debate will be chaired by Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln.


The event will take place from 6pm to 8pm in the Jackson Lecture Theatre, Brayford Pool campus, and is being jointly staged by the UK Office of the European Parliament.


Admission is free and refreshments will be available.


“This is a crucial period both for the European Union and for the role of the United Kingdom within it,” said a university spokesman.


“If all goes to plan we are about to see a major expansion of the union which could increase its membership from 15 to 25 and its population by 70 million.


“A referendum on membership of the single currency is also coming closer in the UK. All these issues and others besides will be open for discussion at our event, which is designed to allow ordinary people to meet their MEPs and have their say.”


For further details call the university on 01522 886042.


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For more information on this release contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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