Warwick Policy Lab (WPL) joined forces with The IPF to hold a Youth Debate, aimed at engaging young voters in the EU Referendum DebateWednesday 8 June
The debate took place at Warwick's offices in London's iconic Shard, and was attended by over 120 young voters
Annoyed by jargon, complicated statistics, and scaremongering that had plagued the mainstream referendum coverage. The IPF team decided to collaborate with the WPL to allow young Europeans to engage, as well as understand the implications behind a decision to remain or leave.
The team felt that the only way to have this debate in an effective way, was to stand out from all other information out there, and put young people at the heart of every aspect of the event; young organisers, a young panel, and a young audience.
The event was a great success and the very lively debate included a range of topics, such as immigration, the environment and human rights, with a focus on how the EU affects their everyday lives. The debate was followed by a drinks reception, which was attended by all panel members where further discussion took place.
Siobhan Benita (Co-Director of the WPL) commented that;
From the very beginning of the debate, the young audience played a central role and shaped the debate – deciding the direction of the discussion and which topics to cover.
Natasha Lipman, the IPF Founder and Director commented:
The event attracted a lot of media attention, including Euronews and a lot of social media activity, because of the interest in how young people are engaging in such issues;