The pros and cons of the European Union will be debated at an event at Skipton’s Rendezvous Hotel next Thursday, February 21.

A panel of experts will discuss what’s wrong and what’s right for Britain’s business and commerce.

Chaired by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans MP, the panel includes Euro MPs Mike Nattrass and Edward McMillan-Scott, Westminster MPs Julian Smith and Gerry Sutcliffe and Neil Hamilton, who is making a comeback into politics as a member of UKIP.

Putting the questions are three entrepreneurs with business interests in the UK, Europe and overseas – Barry Dodd, chairman of GSM group, who also chairs the business-led York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, Alan Halsall of Broughton-based Silver Cross Prams, and Dennis Mendoros, of Kelbrook-based Euravia.

The discussion will also include questions from the floor.

“We are all affected and will carry on being affected by the European Union – whether we like it or not,” said Rendezvous owner Malcolm Weaving.

“So come and listen to what the people at the sharp end have to say and learn about our possible destiny in the EU.”

There will also be the chance to meet Mr Hamilton’s wife, Christine, who calls herself the British Battleaxe.

Tickets cost £20, which includes a two-course supper, and are available from the hotel on 01756 700100.