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#BattleFest2015: European Referendum - what will decide the vote?

#BattleFest2015: European Referendum - what will decide the vote?

Recorded at this week's Institute of Ideas event at Goodenough College.

On 23 June, the UK will vote in a referendum on whether or not to remain a member of the European Union. The decision is a momentous one, the first time British voters will have had a direct vote on membership since 1975.

Yet the public debate about the pros and cons of Brexit has been frustratingly shallow. The aim of this event was to offer a panel of high-profile speakers an opportunity to set out the case for Remain and Leave, and allow an audience of almost 300 people to get involved, offering their own views as well as challenging the panel. The result was a lively, engaging and passionate debate. For anyone interested in hearing the arguments played out with intelligence and without name-calling, this debate is well worth listening to in full.


Rt Hon David Davis Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden; former Foreign Office minister (1994–1997) and Shadow Home Secretary (2003-2008)

Simon Nixon chief European commentator, Wall Street Journal

Vicky Pryce board member, Centre for Economics and Business Research; former joint head, UK Government Economic Service; author, Greekonomics

Bruno Waterfield Brussels correspondent, The Times; co-author, No Means No


Claire Fox director, Institute of Ideas; panelist, BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze.

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