The European Union: In or Out? The South decides…

Posted on: May 27th, 2016

On 17 May 2016 Amanda Brockwell joined Southampton Solent University and Business South to bring together students, residents, politicians and members of the local business community to debate what the EU Referendum means for the South.

L-R Graham Baldwin, Amanda Brockwell, Naomi Oiku, Vivienne Stern and Seán Woodward.

Around 130 people attended the event – The European Union: In or out? The South decides – which was held in partnership with Business South and Solent Students’ Union at Southampton City Art Gallery.

Exploring what the referendum means for people in the South, speakers from politics, education and law examined the issues for the local area and the case for and against an EU exit, with presentations from Dr Daniel Reed, a lecturer in law at Solent University, and Dave Gosling, partner at Menzies LLP.

Interactive audience voting polls taken throughout the debate by broadcaster, journalist and chair for the event Charles Rhodes, showed the number of people that didn’t know which way to vote reduced by 15%, from 21% at the start of the debate to just 6% at the end of the debate.

The audience vote to remain in the EU increased from 51% to 73% and the vote to leave decreased from 22% to 20%, with those choosing ‘not going to vote’ changing from 6% to 1%.


To find out more visit the Southampton Solent University website here.