“The Future of the EU: Ever closer Union or just good friends?”, Professor Jeremy Clegg, 12th February, 7:30 pm, BRLSI, Queen Square, Bath

The question we’re all asking ourselves. Photo © Clive Dellard.

What is the European Project? If you use the term, you probably are either a fan or an enemy of this wonderful shorthand for greater European unity. As the UK grapples with the complexity of this decades long inter-governmental venture, the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution will be hosting a timely talk on the future of the EU by Professor Jeremy Clegg from the University of Leeds Business School on 12th February at 7:30pm.

As a leading academic and expert on European Integration and International Business Management, Professor Clegg will ask whether economic integration necessarily comes at a cost to national sovereignty and consider how key elements of the EU including the customs union, single market and the euro have become so divisive.

He will examine where the balance should lie between competing visions of economic gain and loss of sovereignty, and whether it might be indeed possible or even desirable to recalibrate the European vision to incorporate the needs of those fearful that a federalist agenda has gradually come to usurp any economic dividends we might gain as a consequence of belonging to the European project.

Not since the Dreyfuss affair has a subject been more likely to garner strength of opinion, so if you have not as yet formulated your own thoughts on what many consider the most prescient matter of our time or would like a chance to air your views to an appreciative audience then please be sure to make this wonderful and informative talk part of your agenda for the week.

Professor Clegg is the sitting Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and International Business Management at Leeds University. Among other academic accolades, he was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration and International Business in April 1995 at the University of Bath and was re-awarded a Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Leeds to enable specialisation in the research and teaching of international business in the context of European Integration. Professor Clegg has also held key academic positions at the University of Reading, University College Swansea, and the University of Exeter.

The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by 45 minutes for questions.

Tickets – Visitors: £5.00; BRLSI Members and students £2.00. For more information, visit the BRLSI website.

Income from ticket sales is used to cover the cost of making this lecture available to the public.

The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) is an educational charity based in the centre of Bath. The Institution runs a programme of more than 150 public lectures each year of topics including science, philosophy, art and literature. It also maintains collections of minerals, fossils and other items, as well as a library of rare books. The BRLSI’s Jenyns Room is one of Bath’s leading gallery spaces with a year-round programme of art and museum exhibitions.