Date of release: Monday, June 6, 2016

The EU and the case for staying in: Conference at Greenwich The reasons why the UK should remain in the European Union and the potential impact of a 'Brexit' will be discussed on Wednesday 15 June at a conference at the University of Greenwich.

The university's Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre has organised the event, in partnership with the Economists for Rational Economic Policies (EREP) and Foundation for European Progressive Studies. EREP has today released its new publication "Remain for Change: Building European solidarity for a democratic economic alternative," which will be on the agenda.

Keir Starmer MP and Matt Wrack, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, are among the speakers at the event.

The event features other speakers including Ann Pettifor (Director, Policy Research in Macroeconomics-Prime), John Weeks (Emeritus Professor, SOAS), Jeremy Smith (Convenor of EREP,Co-Director, Prime), Jo Michell (Senior Lecturer, University of the West of England), Ozlem Onaran (Professor, University of Greenwich, GPERC), Engelbert Stockhammer (Professor, Kingston University) and Mehmet Ugur (Professor, University of Greenwich, GPERC).

The publication has a series of articles which, from differing perspectives, unite in arguing that for the UK to vote to leave the EU would be a serious mistake – both in economic and political terms. It would weaken the rights of working people, and risks a fragmentation of Europe along nationalist grounds which could even ultimately threaten the peaceful cooperation.

The authors argue that we need a strong EU for the future on a wide range of issues – not least climate change. But we also need to work in solidarity with all those across Europe who can see that Europe has to change the basis of its economic ideology and strategy if it is to fulfil its Treaty commitment to the peoples of Europe to work for "full employment and social progress, a high level of protection and improvement of the quality of the environment".

The event takes place between 6pm and 8pm at Queen Anne Court, Room QA80, Greenwich Campus, and is followed by a reception.

To book a place, please register here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/remain-for-change-building-european-solidarity-for-a-democratic-economic-alternative-tickets-25544974707

University Vice-Chancellor urges students to 'register to vote' in EU referendum: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/news/articles/2016/a3656-university-vice-chancellor-urges-students-to-register-to-vote-in-eu-referendum

For more information about the Greenwich Papers in Political Economy, GPERC Policy Briefs, other publications, and forthcoming events: http://www.gre.ac.uk/business/research/centres/gperc

Twitter: @GPERC_UOG

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