Preston hears European Union referendum arguments

Posted on - 9th June, 2016 - 10:20pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
Chris Davies (remain), Ed Walker (chair), Seema Kennedy (remain), James Barker (leave) and Adrian Owens (leave)

Chris Davies (remain), Ed Walker (chair), Seema Kennedy (remain), James Barker (leave) and Adrian Owens (leave) – Prestonians watching on, and Cllr Adrian Owens makes his argument for leaving the EU

Preston heard two passionate arguments on the issue of the European Union referendum.


While Boris and Sturgeon may have been slugging it out on ITV there was a heated debate on the university campus.

Around 60 people heard from Leave and Remain supporters during the hour and a half event at the Mitchell and Kenyon cinema at the University of Central Lancashire.

For the remain side, South Ribble MP Seema Kennedy and former MEP Chris Davies, made their case.

Kennedy argued the EU did need reforming, but that the UK was stronger within the Union. Davies said being in the EU keeps the UK secure in an uncertain and unstable world.

For the leave side, independent councillor in West Lancashire Adrian Owens, opened the argument saying the UK needed to ‘take control’ of its own issues and agenda by leaving the EU. UKIP parliamentary candidate James Barker gave his argument for introducing a tariff system and why UKIP wanted to force the referendum.

Questions included what reforms would be sought if UK voted to remain, food security and how a growing population could be handled and what clear facts the Leave campaign had given.

A show of hands vote at the end of the debate showed remain with a slightly advantage, and a number of voters still undecided. One woman revealed she had moved from being leave to undecided.

The event was organised by Blog Preston to ensure Prestonians got their chance to ask questions of both sides.

We’d like to thank the four panel members for their time, everyone who attended and especially those who asked their questions.

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