Greens gather in Belfast this weekend to discuss the future of UK’s relationship with the EU

This weekend, the Green Foundation will be holding a two-day summer school at Queen’s University, Belfast to debate the future of the EU and the UK’s relationship to it.

This Summer School will consist of debates, workshops, films, with evening entertainments provided by rising star of Irish comedy Abie Philbin Bowman and Co Down singer and songwriter Tommy Sands.

Speakers at the event include English Green MEP Jean Lambert, German Green MEP Hiltrud Breyer, Professor of EU Politics Alex Warleigh Lack, Green Party in Northern Ireland Leader Steven Agnew MLA and Green Belfast City Councillor Ross Brown.

Topics to be covered in the discussion include the future of energy in the EU (including a discussion on shale gas and fracking), rethinking the UK’s relationship with the EU and social responsibility in the EU.

Professor John Barry, who was recently re-elected to North Down Borough Council and who is also lecturing at the event, said: “Just two weeks after the European Parliament elections, this exciting Summer School will explore the following and other issues: What would happen if the UK exits the European Union? What kind of Europe do we want? How do we keep the lights on without Russian Gas?

“We are also discussing what Belfast can share with Europe in terms of conflict resolution.

“The Belfast Summer School will provide a timely opportunity to reflect and explore the issues facing the incoming parliament and the European Union generally.

“The Eurosceptic debate is increasing in intensity, both inside and outside the Eurozone.

“The crises within the Eurozone and high levels of unemployment in the EU Member States have contributed to this. We are assembling an exciting line-up of speakers and participants from across these islands to discuss these important issues.”

The event is open to all with a one-day ticket costing £15 and a full weekend ticket costing £20 but participants must pre-register at http://www.greenfoundationireland.ie/belfast-summer-school-2014

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