In or out?

Posted on 13th April 2016

On 13 April the Department of Media, in cooperation with the Departments of Law and Politics and the Chester Students' Union, hosted the University's 'Great EU Referendum Debate'.

Nearly a hundred students and staff spent the afternoon debating Britain's future in the European Union.

The debate featured guest speakers on each side: the parliamentarian Lord Dafydd Wigley (in favour of staying in Europe) and the renowned political economist Dr Ruth Lea CBE (arguing for Brexit). Each speaker, for and against Brexit, was supported by an equally eloquent student speaker. The event was chaired by the Media Department's Ian Rasmussen.

Journalism students took advantage of the occasion to ask some very incisive questions, and the event was filmed by Television Production students.

Head of Media, Dr Alec Charles said: "This was a great event which really got people talking and thinking about this crucial and historic decision. Both guest speakers were absolutely superb - and the students who took part were also hugely impressive in their range and grasp of key ideas and arguments."

(Incidentally, the vote at the end of the debate showed that the assembled participants were overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the European Union.)

Watch our EU referendum debate on YouTube here