CDPB launches EU Debate NI

In May 2015, the British Government committed itself to holding a referendum on the question as to whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of or leave the European Union, following negotiations which are currently taking place with other EU member states.

The referendum will take place before the end of 2017.

This referendum is of huge importance to the UK as a state and internationally.

The Centre for Democracy and Peace Building (CDPB) has initiated an EU Debate NI programme. It will be officially launched on 16 November 2015.

EU Debate NI will stimulate, through consultation and engagement with stakeholders, discussion of key issues that should inform debate about the consequences of the outcome of this referendum for Northern Ireland. The initial consultation will draw on a briefing paper being produced in cooperation with academic experts from Queen’s University Belfast.

EU Debate NI will carry out an examination of the possible effects of any decision to remain in or leave the EU on issues including: the Common Agricultural Policy, Structural Funding, the Environment, Peace Funding, free movement of capital, NI’s political influence in the EU, the free of movement of workers, migration, energy, higher education, employment rights, education and training, investment, trade, rights, cross-border cooperation, NI within the UK, the Common Fisheries Policy, free movement of services, relations between NI and Republic of Ireland and many other issues.

If you are interested in contributing to this EU Debate NI project or wish to find out more please contact Conor Houston at
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