After extensive talks David Cameron in Brussels David Cameron has finally announced a date for a referendum to stay in the EU, June 23rd 2016.

The announcement has sparked up the debate between the campaign groups to stay in and to leave the EU, with many of the Prime Ministers cabinet divided on the subject. Theresia May for instance will campaign to stay whereas former education secretary Michael Gove will join the leave campaign.

Loughborough’s own Nicky Morgan and current education secretary has been vocal about wanting to stay in the EU, stating that an exit would limit the ability of young people to study and find jobs in the European Union.

The vote will open to any British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over 18 who are resident in the UK. This obviously means most university students will be able to vote, but young people under the age of 18, whose future education and careers may be effected by the vote, will be unable.

Cameron himself is in favour of staying within a reformed EU and these reforms have been agreed upon following two days of intensive talks. These include a limit on in-work benefits for EU migrants during their first four years in the UK and for Britain to keep the pound without fear of discrimination.

Now that the EU debate has an end in sight, the months of campaigning from both sides will only intensify over the coming 5 months. The vote is surely an historic one for Britain and the counties future hangs in the balance.


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