Euro-Politics and its Effects on the UK: Why Vote for MEP’s?

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Dialogue Society, London

Amedee Turner QC

Honourary MEP

Dr Monica Threlfall

Reader in European Politics at the Institute for the Study of European Transformations

Jonathan Fryer

Freelance journalist on International Affairs

Jonathan Fryer is a freelance journalist on international affairs, working mainly for the BBC, the Guardian and Diplomat magazine. He also lectures part-time at SOAS.He is the author of 13 non-fiction books -- mainly biographies -- some of which have been translated into various languages.

On 4th June 2009, British citizens will cast a nationwide vote to elect new Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s) to fill the 72 seats in the European Parliament reserved for the UK. The UK is an important actor in the European Union and its involvement in Euro-politics may arguably be characterized as critical engagement. Considering some of the challenges that the British government has recently faced due to the global credit crunch and the depreciation of the British sterling against the Euro, the UK will strive to preserve the delicate balance between representing the interests of its citizens and working towards fulfilling the interests of 500 million fellow Europeans. How essential and effective will the new 72 MEP’s representing the UK in the next term of the European Parliament be for British citizens? What effect if any will they have on issues that concern UK communities and society at large? How can MEP’s make the elections count and get the electoral to vote? What are the likely consequences of not voting – such as the BNP winning seats? What effect can small faith and/or ethnic communities have on the outcome of the elections? In short, why should we vote for MEP’s? The Dialogue Society will host three distinguished guests on British and European politics, Amedee Turner QC, Jonathan Fryer (2nd London List (LibDem), and Cllr JP Floru (4th London List (Cons)) to discuss at length the impact of the upcoming EP elections and to assess the future role of the UK in European politics.