On Thursday 2nd June, Black/Asian/Ethnic minority (BAME) activists and community leaders will gather in Leeds to debate the upcoming EU referendum question.
Anoosh Chakelian, the New Statesman’s Deputy Web Editor has described the referendum debate so far as “pale, male and stale”. The UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN), in partnership with Just West Yorkshire seeks to broaden the discussion around the referendum. The event will particularly welcome and centre the voices of people from BAME, migrant and refugee communities.
So far, much of the discussion around the referendum has been focused on business, security, and Britain’s position on the ‘world stage’. The debate on 2nd June will give focus to the rights of the individual including worker’s rights, free movement rights, and welfare provision.
The panel will be comprised of: Michael Privot (Director, European Network Against Racism); Saleem Kader (global business executive, Bombay Stores), and Dr Iyiola Solanke (Leeds academic in EU and racial integration). Politicians representing the Leave and Remain case to be confirmed.
A video published by UKREN on YouTube features young and BAME people sharing their thoughts on Britain’s EU membership. ‘Borders’, ‘migration, and ‘free movement’ were cited as concepts that mattered to people, as well as ‘progress’, ‘wealth’ and ‘the single market’.
Should We Stay or Should We Go? Is at The Carriageworks, Millennium Square, 6 – 9pm on Thursday 2nd June. The panel discussion will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. Entry is free, but places must be reserved via: shouldwestayorgo.eventbrite.com