PS: THE EU REFERENDUM – ONE YEAR LATER

Next week will see the first anniversary of the UK Referendum and our collective national decision to leave the EU. The vote was finely balanced with Leave edging Remain by a margin of just 52 to 48. Brexit remains a source of formidable passion on both sides of its divide and will dominate political life in the UK for many years to come. Continue reading

A Soul for the Union?

A Soul for the Union?

Faith-based perspectives on the EU Referendum

An event held on Monday 13 June 2016 to help people of faith and others explore some of the issues to be considered in a deciding on how best to vote in the forth-coming referendum. To download a copy of Ben Ryan's talk click here. To listen to a recording click here. To read Evangelical Alliance's summary of the event click here.

Keynote speaker – Ben Ryan (Theos Think Tank)

Ben first joined the Theos think tank as an intern in September 2013 and graduated to a researcher in early 2014. He read Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge and also has an MSc in European Studies from the LSE European Institute. He is the author of the Theos reports A Very Modern Ministry: Chaplaincy in the UK and A Soul for the Union.

Responders giving a N.I. perspective:

Colin Harvey (Professor of Human Rights Law, Queen’s University Belfast) responded with reference to Human Rights and Constitutional issues. Esmond Birnie (Chief Economist PWC in Scotland and N.I.) responded with reference to Economic and Financial issues. The Referendum is a democratic opportunity; the outcome will influence our relationships for years to come. Politics is inherently spiritual since God gives us the responsibility to govern within His sovereignty. This evening explored issues of sovereignty and subsidiarity, business and bureaucracy, security, migrants and other national and local challenges we all face in making a decision on how to vote. It encouraged and helped in making an informed response and not just one that thinks of self-interest!