Venue: Aston University, Main Building, Room: MB552
30 March 2017 16.30-18.00
Aston Centre for Europe - Thursday 21 July 2016
Venue: Aston Business School, Aston University, Conference Room 1
1.30 pm: arrival and coffee
2.00 pm: Panel 1: The referendum outcome and Britain’s economic development: what can we expect for the the regions?
Anneliese Dodds, MEP and member, Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee Lee Hopley, Chief Economist, EEF, the Manufacturers’ Organisation Stephanie Wall, Senior Policy and Patronage Advisor, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Paul Forrest, West Midlands Economic Forum Les Budd, Reader in Social Enterprise, Open University Business School
3.30 pm: Coffee break
3.45 pm: Panel 2 The referendum outcome and workers’ rights in the UK: regional implications in the West Midlands and beyond
Tony Burke, Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union Sion Simon MEP, Employment and Social Affairs Committee, European Parliament David Bailey, Professor of Industry, Aston Business School and analyst of the West Midlands economyLee Barron, Regional Secretary of the TUC in the Midlands
5.15 pm: Close of conference and reception, hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe
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Speaker: Dr Denis Dvornikov, speechwriter for the Moscow Regional Administration
Leading academics, professionals, trade bodies, practitioners and media commentators will gather to consider the effectiveness of the current relationship of the sector with the EU, and the implications should the UK vote to leave the EU in next year’s referendum. T
There are concerns that should a ‘Brexit’ be realised, then the automotive industries in neighbouring countries, such as Germany, France and Italy, will not only benefit in terms of export sales, but also in terms of shaping future regulation of the sector. Yet others claim that Britain could negotiate a trade deal with Europe and the UK auto industry could thrive if the UK were to leave the EU.
In the past three years, £7.5bn has been invested by major automotive assemblers in the UK, and the sector contributes 4% of UK GDP. Around 45% of UK automotive exports are to the EU, so the ongoing relationship is vital to the continued competitiveness and success of the industry in this country.
Aston Centre for Europe & Interland Joint Seminar on Younger Voters Views, February 2015. UK–EU relations have frequently been marked by significant differences about the direction of European integration. Nonetheless, for forty years British membership of the EU was regarded as a fixed feature of the political landscape. Since the formation of the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition government, following the UK General Election of 2010, this situation has changed radically and David Cameron’s referendum pledge has made a British exit from the EU a serious, if far from certain, prospect for the first time since the UK's first referendum on staying in the ‘Common Market’ in 1975.
Presenting the results of our European Commission-sponsored researches, this seminar focuses on just one neglected and overlooked section of the electorate: younger voters living in disadvantaged communities. Recent coverage of public opinion on the European issue in British politics has tended to focus on UKIP’s core electorate of older voters, of white ethnicity, on lower incomes, living in small- and medium-sized towns, who have a higher propensity to have finished formal education at the age of 15. We propose to turn this on its head by looking at marginalised younger voters’ views of Britain’s relationship with the European Union in context, reporting back from a series of events held around the West Midlands on younger voters’ views of the EU and considering these findings in a much broader context with presentations from political scientists, MEPs and other experts.
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