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Does the EU work for working class people?

Class is hosting a public discussion Does the EU work for working class people? aimed at informing the conversation about the role the European Union has had on the lives of ordinary people- for better or worse- in Britain.

The Government has announced a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union will be held on Thursday 23 June 2016. But the debate has been narrowly focused on immigration with little discussion on what the referendum means for working people more broadly.

There is a class division on Brexit, with the working class largely in favour of the UK leaving the EU and those in highly paid in professions generally wanting to stay in (YouGov polling April 2016). For many this discontent with the EU articulates itself as an anti-immigration stance – a sentiment that UKIP politicians and the ‘leave EU’ campaign have exploited. This political backdrop has greatly coloured the EU debate - misinformation is common and debates on immigration are wrongly divorced from broader trends in the labour market and EU policies.

Does the EU work for working people? will see the publication of a new collection of essays from Class that address the impact of Britain’s membership of the EU across a range of key issues such as job creation, wages, regeneration and structural investment, public services and community cohesion. The essays will be free to download from the Class website.

Join us and our panelists to discuss the essay series and for an honest and focused look at whether the EU is good or bad for the working class in Britain.

Speakers include:

Faiza Shaheen, Director of Class

Mick Whelan, Aslef General Secretary

Dr Olivier Sykes, University of Liverpool

Dawn Foster, writer, author and commentator, the Guardian

And others tbc.


This is a public event and is free for anyone to attend.