Debating Matters/University of East London: EU Referendum Debate

In partnership with the University of East London and Nottingham Trent University, Debating Matters staged a special debate on the UK’s European Union Referendum.

As part of The UK in a Changing Europe initiative, funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, Debating Matters worked with the University of East London (UEL) and Nottingham Trent University (NTU) to produce this timely one-off event.

A Debating Matters school argued against a school team coordinated by UEL, on whether the UK should withdraw from the European Union. Using a specially updated Topic Guide on the issue, the sixth formers were asked to consider some of the key issues put forward by both the Brexit and Remain camps in the debate, and of course had to make a convincing case for their side of the argument! 

The UK Should Leave The EU
For: Queens’ School, Bushey
Against: Havering College
Chair: Claire Fox
Judges: Dolan Cummings, Anne Fergusson & Dr Tim Hall

Thursday 16 June
University of East London Stratford
Room: USG.017
University Square Stratford
London E15 1NF

Havering College won the competition, foreshadowing the real outcome for the referendum.  Perhaps proponents of Brexit took inspiration from their speeches in their own campaigning?

In partnership with


For more information about the event contact Nadia Butt


Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


Find a list of all our previous championship events here.


Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters. To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s Wonderful fundraising page.


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