6 June 2016
Venue: The Octagon, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London E1 4NS
The ambition to regain sovereignty is often cited as a key, motivating factor by those leading the campaign for the UK to leave the EU.
Those in favour of staying in often argue that the UK is more likely to have clout as a sovereign power within the EU.
In a half-day conference, funded by the UK in a Changing Europe initiative, we examined what we understand by sovereignty, what public attitudes towards the issue are and discussed different approaches to Britain's place in the world.
As part of the debate, academics at Queen Mary University of London have been reflecting on what sovereignty means in different contexts. Watch their videos here.
Self-government for the UK – inside Europe or the world?
Chair: Helen McCarthy, Senior Lecturer in History, QMUL
John Redwood, MP for Wokingham
Sir Stephen Wall, Former British Ambassador to the European Union
John Charmley, Professor of Modern History, University of East Anglia
James Ellison, Reader in International History, QMUL
What is sovereignty?
Chair: Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Anniversary Chair in Law, QMUL
Marina Wheeler QC, One Crown Office Row
Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times
David Willetts, Executive Chair, The Resolution Foundation
Robert Saunders, Lecturer in Modern British History, QMUL
Sovereignty: The public view
Chair: Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, QMUL
Sir Robert Worcester, Visiting Professor KCL & LSE, Founder, MORI
Philip Cowley, Professor of Politics, QMUL
Jane Green, Professor of Political Science, Manchester University