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North Dorset MP Bob Walter and MEP Julie Girling discuss Britain’s role in Europe at Blandford event

By Dadcock  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

By Dee Adcock

  • North Dorset MP Bob Walter and MEP Julie Girling, left, at the public meeting

  • Bob Walter MP and Julie Girling MEP

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Europe was the topic for a forum hosted by North Dorset MP Bob Walter and Julie Girling, MEP for the South West, in Blandford.

It was well attended by people from all shades of political opinion.

Julie Girling, the UK spokesperson for agriculture, opened the meeting talking about the role of Britain in Europe and the three main institutions involved in EU legislation - the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the European Commission and how these together with the Court of Justice and the Court of Auditors are responsible for acting on what comes out of the committees.

Other topics discussed included the existing negotiations regarding the European Union, and the Conservative promise of a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

After the event Mr Walter, said: “Julie gave a very good overview of how Europe works and how it works for Britain, and the role of British MEPs. “

Julie Girling said: “Too many people feel detached from the whole process and are relying on the media for their information which in the case of Europe is often misinformation.

“I have received some excellent feedback from the event and feel it was enjoyed by all who attended.”

Mr Walter added: “All in all this was a constructive and good tempered debate and hopefully everybody will be a little better informed on what Europe does.”

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