“I want to talk to people from all walks of life about Europe. I want to hear what they have to say about our membership of the EU. And I want to let them know why the Government thinks Europe matters. It is important that people know about it, and feel involved. The Prime Minister said in his Warsaw speech that the debate on the EU should 'begin with the practical question, what should Europe do? What do the people of Europe want and expect it to do?' I am travelling around Britain to listen to your answers: what do you want Europe to do for you?”
|Your Britain, Your Europe
- the former Minister for Europe, Keith Vaz
The 'Your Britain, Your Europe' initiative was launched on 26 November 1999 by the Prime Minister, as the former Minister for Europe, Keith Vaz, and Tony Robinson, set out on a Roadshow to ten cities in England. The Your Britain, Your Europe campaign has continued to make the case for Europe, and given people the opportunity to debate European issues through a series of Regional Visits, the Your Britain, Your Europe Newsletter, and other activities. There may be a forthcoming event near you.
The aim of the information initiative is to raise the UK public’s awareness of Britain’s role in Europe and of the real benefits EU membership delivers for the UK.
British people often claim not to know enough about the EU. The anti-Europeanism prevalent in some elements of the press means that the public often does not get the opportunity to hear the positive news about membership. Decisions made at the EU level affect all our lives, and it is vital that the people of the UK understand the benefits membership of the EU have brought to this country.