On 23rd June 2016, the UK will be holding a referendum on whether it should remain in or leave the EU. The exact wording of the referendum question will be:
Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?
NIEL have a neutral position with regard to the UK Referendum issue. We have received funding from the EU Commission Office in London to host 4 events to stimulate debate in Northern Ireland on the issues in this Referendum through a programme of events under the title ‘Better Together? Northern Ireland and the EU. This funding is given on the strict understanding that we will remain neutral.
Main points of the NIEL Better Together? Proposal
3 separate sectoral workshops debating the merits of EU membership for NI, namely, Business sector; Farming/ Rural sector, and Civil Society/ NGO sector
A final cross sectoral Conference event drawing together the outcomes of the sectoral workshops which will then be debated by elected representatives (MEPs, MPs, MLAs as well as academics, economists, industry leaders and members of civil society)
During development of our programme of events NIEL became aware of the EU Debate NI initiative and are collaborating with EU Debate NI in the design and delivery of the three following events:
Event 1 – “Implications of remaining in or leaving the EU for business, voluntary sector, NGOs & public bodies”