ON THE 28th April 2016, Aberystwyth University students will lead a debate about Britain’s membership of the European Union. The debate will be hosted by the Aber ‘IN’ Campaign and UKIP Aberystwyth Uni and pro-Brexit Campaigners in the Students’ Union.
The event will be moderated by Professor Ryszard Piotrowicz, a Professor of Law who specialises in international migration law and humanitarian law. Additionally he advises the European Commission on law and policy in regards to the trafficking of human beings.
The event comes ahead of the UK’s EU Referendum, voting on which takes place on the 23rd June 2016, which will decide whether the UK will remain in the EU or whether it will leave. The debate aims to promote both sides of the issues before the referendum.
The referendum comes following David Cameron’s promise that if elected in 2015 a referendum on the issue of British membership to the EU would be held, which is the first of such on the EU since 1975, when the UK voted to stay. The argument for an EU referendum was that the EU has changed since the last referendum and has more say in our daily lives.
David Cameron secured an agreement with other EU leaders ahead of the referendum to change the terms of Britain’s membership, if the referendum results in staying in the EU. The deal is said to give Britain “special status” within the EU, and will help sort out issues British people say they don’t like about the EU. These issues include: high levels of immigration and giving up the ability to run our own affairs.
The main points of the deal include:
- Keeping the pound – within this any British money spent on bailing out Eurozone nations will be reimbursed
- Running our own affairs – clear commitment that Britain is not part of a move towards “ever closer union” with other EU member states
- Migrant welfare payments – new arrivals will not be able to claim tax credits and other welfare payments straight away but will gradually gain the right to more benefits the longer they stay, at a rate yet to be decided