University of Portsmouth to stage mock EU referendum

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A MOCK referendum over whether Britain should stay in the EU is to be held at the University of Portsmouth.

The event on March 23 comes exactly three months ahead of the real thing on June 23, in which Britain will decide its future in Europe.

The university is hosting a debate led by experts followed by a vote to help staff, students and residents learn more about the issues that could change the future of Britain.

It is being held in the lecture theatre in the university’s Milldam building, Burnaby Road, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

General secretary of Labour Leave campaign, Brendan Chilton, and former lecturer in political economy and European studies, Dr Paul McVeigh will put the case for Britain leaving the EU.

Lib Dem leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson, and politics lecturer and director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of Transnational Europe, Mike Mannin, will attend. Places are limited. To find out more, email