To Stay or Go: EU referendum public debates in June

The EU referendum – widely described as the most important political decision the UK has faced in a generation – is looming large, on Thursday 23 June 2016. South Leeds Life aims to support local people to discuss the issues, so that each of us can come to the most informed conclusion possible.

(Image courtesy of Eric Fischer via Creative Commons.)
(Image courtesy of Eric Fischer at Flickr, via Creative Commons.)

As well as articles online and in the June print edition, we’re hosting two public debates:

Wednesday 1 June, 7.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm) at The Hunslet Club (FB event here),

and Friday 10 June, 7.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm) at Arts@Trinity in the city centre (FB event here).

These will take the form of a panel discussion (like the BBC’s Question Time), with speakers from a range of political standpoints, as well as local representatives from business, charities, culture and the arts, and more.

Both events are FREE – but we expect them to be busy, so arrive early to get a seat. Drinks and snacks will be available. We expect the formal debates will end by 9pm, but the discussions might well continue informally afterwards..!

QUESTIONS AND INPUT from audience members will be a core part of the events. If you wish to submit a question beforehand, please email us ( with your question (no more than 50 words), your name and phone number, tell us which debate you’ll be attending, and if you’re willing to read out the question yourself. Thank you. (Obviously, we can’t use every question – but everyone will have the opportunity to contribute throughout the events.)

Click here for further details on the referendum. If you’re not already registered to vote, the deadline to do so is Tuesday 7th June. This BBC article also has loads of info. THANKS all, spread the word, be in touch if you want, then hopefully see you then.