Founded in 1952, the Common Assembly of the European Steel and Coal Community – a relatively uninfluential body with no legislative powers – has evolved into the modern European Parliament, that along with the European Commission and the Council of the European Union, creates laws that the EU member nations must adhere to. As the only directly elected body in the European Union with the largest transnational electorate in the world, the European Parliament is unique in that 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) make decisions on legislative and budgetary matters based on their party’s stance, rather than their nation’s stance- truly representing the people of their respective EU nations and their political views. With many calling the European Union’s future into question based on the rise of far right movements in member states, the European Parliament plays a central role in addressing they key issues facing the European Union and trying to maintain its continued existence and influence. The first topic will enable delegates to understand the long term impacts of Brexit on a national, regional and international level, and plan for the negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union. The second topic will have delegates analyze and reevaluate immigration policy and the open border system (Schengen), potentially proposing mutually beneficially reforms to the current structure.
Topic 1: Assessing the Impact and of Brexit and Negotiating the Terms of the future UK-EU Relationship Topic 2: Immigration and Border Policy Reform