29 Feb

Melbourne AIIA Event: The UK and the EU: The many implications of "Brexit"

Date: Wednesday 9 March

Venue: Dyason House, 124 Jolimont Road, East Melbourne

Time: 6pm - 7.30pm


On February 19 David Cameron completed a marathon renegotiation of Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU), and announced that the referendum on whether Britain should remain in or leave the EU would be held on June 23.

Negotiations revolved around concessions on benefits paid to migrants to the UK; on exemption from the EU goal of “ever-closer union”, and a guarantee that non-euro countries would not be discriminated against by the bigger euro-zone block.

Yet despite being able to claim that he had secured enough concessions to satisfy the demands laid down last November to the President of the EU, Donald Tusk, a significant portion of Cameron’s own Conservative party, including several Cabinet Ministers, and the “most popular politician”, London’s Mayor Boris Johnson, are backing the case for “Brexit”.

Is Britain better off in or out of the EU?  How would “Brexit” affect the EU itself?

Building on recent presentations from the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and the Ambassador of Belgium, AIIA Victoria is honoured to welcome Sir Nigel Broomfield KCMG, to share his insights into the complex issue of Britain’s EU membership.  As a former UK Ambassador to Germany, Sir Nigel is uniquely placed to observe not only how these arguments are playing out domestically, but how they are observed by Britain’s continental neighbours.

Sir Nigel Broomfield is a retired British diplomat.  After serving in the Army, he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1969 and served in the British Embassies in Bonn and Moscow, as well as senior posts at the FCO.  He was Deputy High Commissioner, New Delhi, 1985–88; Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic 1988–90; Deputy Under Secretary of State (Defence) at the FCO 1990–92; and Ambassador to Germany 1993–97.  He is currently Honorary President of the German-British Chamber of Commerce.

Please book if you plan to attend this event to assist with catering.

Members $20, student members $10

Non-members $30, student non-members $15,   Premium members Free

For enquiries contact events.vic@internationalaffairs.org.au or 9654 7271

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