IT WILL be the biggest vote of our generation and will play a huge role in shaping Britain’s future.
The clock is ticking down to the EU referendum, the chance for the public to decide whether the UK should vote to remain in, or leave, the European Union.
Ahead of the big occasion, The News is teaming up with Verisona Law to hold an EU hustings to debate all the relevant issues.
Big topics surrounding the referendum include immigration, the economy and national security.
Supporters in the Remain and Brexit campaign camps have said much about these issues.
And the debate, taking place at 1000 Lakeside North Harbour, off Western Road, Portsmouth, will be a chance for the public to find out more about both sides of the argument.
And it will be an opportunity to discover what the EU really is all about – such as the fact it is made up of the European Parliament, European Commission and European Council.
It is sure to be a lively debate.
Portsmouth City Council was the first authority in the UK to declare by way of a majority vote of all its members that it would be backing the Brexit campaign to leave Europe.
Tory council leader Donna Jones says recent tensions in the city over asylum seekers are because of concerns people have about immigration and staying in Europe.
But there are many in the area – including big local businesses like Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems – who support staying put.
The News and Verisona will arrange for a panel of experts to talk about their views on the EU, before taking questions on the floor.
The panel will be made up of local politicians as well as business leaders.
The hustings will take place on Wednesday, June 8 in the main atrium of 1000 Lakeside.
Guests are being asked to arrive for 6.30pm, for a 6.45pm start.
It is expected to finish about 8pm. Seating is limited to 100 people.
Light refreshments will be made available.