I am pleased to announce that the Cathedral is to host a public conversation and debate in preparation for the EU Referendum. Reimagining Europe events are taking place in a number of English cathedrals over the next few weeks, aiming to create a space for Christian reflection and debate on Britain’s future relationship with Europe. We at Ripon have the advantage of being able to host this just two weeks before the vote.
The event will begin with Lord Wallace of Saltaire giving a keynote address. Lord Wallace is the foreign affairs spokesman for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. From 2010-2015 he was coalition government minister representing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Cabinet Office. He worked with two Conservative ministerial colleagues on 32 reports on the ‘Balance of Competences’ between the UK and EU, published in 2013-2014.
The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt. Revd Nick Baines, will provide further theological reflection on the discussion and debate. I will chair the evening and there will be plenty of opportunity for public engagement, discussion and debate. The event is free, without any need for a ticket, and all are welcome.