A Yorkshire MEP chaired an event attended by over 120 business people and professionals of Pakistani/Muslim heritage, to debate Britain’s membership of the European Union.
David Cameron’s Conservative government announced that a referendum will take place in 2017. After the 2015 General elections, he certified his intention of holding this public consultation.
The cross-party event hosted by Amjad Bashir MEP at Zouk restaurant in Manchester on 17th August brought together a panel consisting of Conservative MEP Dan Hannan, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Chief Executive of Business for Britain, Matthew Elliott, Labour MP for Bradford West, Naseem Shah and Alan Halsall – the entrepreneur who rescued Silver Cross from receivership in 2002.
Vital discussions revolved around the impact on UK-EU relations, Britain’s global power and influence, trade and economic growth, migration and domestic politics.
Following the event, Amjad Bashir MEP, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people from across a variety of sectors wanting to roll up their sleeves and get actively involved within the upcoming EU referendum.
“We had a host of excellent speakers this evening, and guests who attended tonight’s important and informative event thoroughly enjoyed themselves”.
Feedback from the attendees, who collectively employ between 50,000 and 100,000 people in their businesses, was that they remained unsure as to whether Britain should stay in or out of the EU. The debate continues.