Pros and cons of Brexit in spotlight during Leeds college debate

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The pros and cons of Brexit will be discussed during an EU referendum debate at Leeds City College, which is designed encourage more young people to vote.

More than 100 students are expected to take part in the debate on May 6, along with Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn and Shipley Conservative MP Philip Davies.

Students from Leeds City College, nearby sixth form students and a delegation from the Leeds Youth Parliament will form the audience and bring along pre-prepared questions to quiz the MPs. College chiefs hope that raising the profile of the referendum will encourage more young people to vote on June 23 and in future elections.

Rebecca Hughes, employability and skills Officer at Leeds City College, said: “It’s an opportunity for students to understand the importance of democracy and having a say in what could influence their future.

“The MPs will give their views and perspectives on the ‘remain’ and ‘leave’ sides of the argument.

“This event will allow students to make an informed decision on the day and increase their knowledge of general politics.”

Also speaking at the event will be Paul Blackledge, professor of political theory at Leeds Beckett University and Gerald Jennings, president of Leeds Chamber of Commerce.