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In light of the upcoming EU referendum, taking place on the 23rd June, the University of Exeter is hosting a neutral panel discussion at the start of term three. The panel consists of six leading professors from the University of Exeter, the University of Cambridge, and the LSE, who will be discussing the referendum and fielding questions.

The event will take place on Monday 25th April at 7pm, on the main university campus at Streatham, in the Forum Alumni Auditorium. Tickets for the event are available on EventBrite online, however the main venue for the event is sold out.

Additionally, video link facilities will be provided at the Penryn campus at Lecture theatre A, in the Du Maurier Building, or alternatively the event will also be live streamed through Periscope.

After a short introduction from the panellists, the event has been said to mainly consist of a Q&A session. Anyone attending will have the opportunity to ask the leading panel of specialists about the implications of the upcoming EU referendum.

the event will also be live streamed through Periscope

It has been reported that the event will be educational and informative. Therefore, the panellists will remain neutral during the discussion, in order to ensure the smooth running of a fruitful discussion.

Questions can be submitted in advance by three main methods. Firstly, through the registration form, which can be found on the event’s web link. Secondly, by emailing the organizing team via: Lastly, through the use of social media, by using the hashtag #EUask on twitter.

The event is sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council’s (E.S.R.C) ‘The UK in a changing Europe’ initiative. More information about the initiative can be found at the projects’ website:

the panellists will remain neutral during the discussion

The main organizer of the event, Professor Alison Harcourt said: “The public have to make a very important choice in the EU referendum on the 23 June and we hope this event will help them as they consider how to vote.

“The way the EU operates can be complex, and can seem even more so now competing sides in the referendum have started their campaigns. At this event the public can get expert, unbiased information about the impact of both a yes and no vote.”

It has also been decided that the Guild will not be allowed to have a stance on the referendum, or campaign for either side. This decision was conducted during Guild Council in term two, in order to ensure the neutrality and independence of the sabbatical officers, and their working groups.

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