chris_howarthChristopher has been involved in the ongoing UK debate about the UK’s EU membership for the last 15 years, publishing his first article on the subject in 1999 for ‘Eurofacts’. Christopher graduated with an MA in Medieval History from St Andrew’s University in 1998 and studied law at the College of Law York before working as a lawyer and a tax accountant.

Christopher was the senior researcher to the Rt. Hon. Mark Francois MP in his role as tax spokesman and then as the Shadow Minister for Europe assisting in the Conservative party’s creation of the ECR group in the European Parliament and as a part of a small team coordinating opposition to the Lisbon Treaty in the House of Commons. After the 2010 election Christopher became the Conservative Party’s Foreign Affairs adviser before joining Open Europe in 2011 as their senior political analyst.

At Open Europe Christopher jointly authored reports on a variety of subjects including on potential alternatives to the UK’s EU membership and the repatriation of crime and policing law. He regularly writes for a number of websites and papers including Conservative Home and City AM.