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The heart of the matter: passion, politics and the EU referendum

Both Leave and Remain have appealed to voters’ guts to the extent that reason itself has become suspicious. Emotions will rule the day on 23 June, but at what cost?
23 June 2016
Uta Staiger
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Starts: Jun 23, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The price of solidarity: is Brexit worth it?

A misunderstanding of history and of historical time has put European solidarity on the chopping block. Think carefully before allowing the axe to swing, pleads Jan Kubik, Director of the School of Slavonic & East European Studies at UCL.
23 June 2016
Jan Kubik
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Starts: Jun 23, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Undecided on the referendum? These are the three questions to ask yourself in the voting booth

If there is one thing people can agree on as they prepare to vote on the UK’s EU membership: comprehensive, comprehensible and trustworthy information is in short supply. Every day, the quality of the debate sinks to a new low – yet the stakes are as high as ever. How, then, are you supposed to make your decision on June 23? What questions should you ask yourself when you enter the polling booth?
16 June 2016
Uta Staiger
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Starts: Jun 16, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Sir Stephen Wall

UCL European Institute

Chair of the Advisory Board, UCL European Institute, 2010-2014

Sir Stephen Wall

Stephen Wall joined the Diplomatic Service in 1968 and worked closely with five British Foreign Secretaries. He was Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister John Major and EU adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair.

He was British Ambassador to Portugal from 1993 to 1995, Permanent Representative to the European Union from 1995 to 2000 and Head of the European Secretariat in the Cabinet Office from 2000 to 2004.  From 2004 to 2005 he was the Principal Adviser to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster.

Taking up the baton from Alan Milward, he was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2007 to write Volumes II and III of the British Government’s official history of Britain’s relations with her EU partners. His Official History of the United Kingdom and the European Community Volume II, 1963-1975 was published in 2012. His book: A Stranger in Europe: Britain and the EU from Thatcher to Blair, was published in 2008. He is now writing the final volume of the Official History of Britain's relations with the European Union, covering the period 1975-1991.

Sir Stephen was Chair of the Council of University College London until October 2014. He is Chair of the Federal Trust, Chair of Trustees at Cumberland Lodge, Vice-Chair of  Business for New Europe, Member of the Council of Wilton Park, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Thomson Foundation, Trustee of the Franco-British Council and Honorary Fellow of Selwyn College Cambridge. He is also on the Council of the European Council on Foreign Relations and holds a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from the University of Birmingham.