Lord Lawson outlines case for Brexit at UK in a Changing Europe Event, 12 January 2016 Lord Lawson outlines case for Brexit at UK in a Changing Europe Event, 12 January 2016

What influence? The UK and Europe eventFormer Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson outlined his case for the UK to leave the European Union as the keynote speaker in The UK in a Changing Europe's event- What Influence? The UK and Europe, organised by senior fellows Prof Hussein Kassim, University of East Anglia (UEA), and Prof Simon Hix, London School of Economics (LSE), which took place at King's College London on 12 January.

Lord Lawson of Blaby, president of Conservatives for Britain presented the case for Brexit and participated in a question and answer session. To watch Lord Lawson's keynote, click here.

Other sessions saw The Economist, senior editor Anne McElvoy chair a discussion on the history of UK membership. The panel featured former UK diplomat Sir Stephen Wall, who recalled his experiences as a senior UK diplomat and expertise as official historian of the UK in the EU. UEA Prof John Charmley argued British entry to the European Communities was not only a huge mistake, but an 'original sin' as the British public was misled. LSE historian, Dr Piers Ludlow, drew attention to the debates that had taken place at the time of entry and at the time of the 1975 referendum, and pointed to the discomfort and difficulty in the UK's relationship with the Community prior to its entry. To watch presentations by Prof Charmley, Ludlow and Wall, click here.

Throughout the day, proponents of both 'leave' and 'remain' debated UK influence in key areas. Four key questions were addressed:

Does the UK get what it wants from the single market?  

Chair: Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy, Institute of Directors

Panellists: Oliver Lewis, Research Director, Vote Leave; Catherine Barnard, University of Cambridge; and Angus Armstrong, National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).

Watch the discussion here.

Does the EU multiply or nullify UK influence in the international arena?

Chair: Nina Schick, Open Europe

Panellists: Prof Patrick Minford, Cardiff Business School; Charles Grant, Centre for European Reform, and Prof Richard Whitman, University of Kent.

Watch the discussion here.

Is the UK marginalised in EU institutions?

Chair: Dr Sara Hagemann, LSE

Panellists: Prof Hussein Kassim, UEA and Prof Simon Hix, LSE

Watch the discussion here.

Has the UK lost control over its borders?

Chair: Dr Heather Rolfe, NIESR

Panellists: Prof Steve Peers, University of Essex; and Stephen Booth, Open Europe

Watch the discussion here.

For twitter coverage, see #UKEUInfluence

The conference is one of a number of events organised under the ESRC's 'UK in a changing Europe' programme. With a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union due to take place before the end of 2017, the ESRC, as the UK's main body funding research in the social sciences, has launched this independent non-partisan initiative in order to bring the rich scholarship in politics, law, economics and other fields, which previously has been largely confined to academic specialists, to a wider audience. It's purpose is to enable the British public to make as informed a decision as possible on whether to stay or leave the EU. For more information, visit the 'UK in a Changing Europe' website

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