Should we stay or should we go?

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It’s the subject on everyone’s lips; should we stay or should we go?

On Thursday 23 June, people up and down the UK will go to the polls to vote on whether the UK should remain in or leave the European Union (EU) – and it’s likely that students will be one of the deciding groups.

However, it’s important that you register to vote by Tuesday 7 June otherwise you won’t be able to have your say! Head to the Government website here to register to vote – all you’ll need is your National Insurance number.

Almost 900 of you voted in De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)’s very own EU question attached to our biggest elections ever.

Of the 881 De Montfort University (DMU) students who cast a vote, a huge majority of 606 students voted for the UK to stay in the EU.

After that, 123 voted that the UK should leave, while 127 stated that they had no stance. A total of 25 students abstained.

But now it’s time to vote for real in what is likely to be the most important referendum in several generations.

Samuel Hilton, Student Engagement Coordinator at DSU, said: “I think there is a really strong sense of feeling [when it comes to this question].

“It would have been a genuine national upset if the results had shown a majority of DMU students wanted to leave the EU because of demographics of the student body that we have here and of the demographics of a typical ‘stay’ voter.

“While this issue might not be something people are discussing in the pub, it is something that will affect everyone’s day-to-day lives.”

Don’t forget you can also vote by post. You’ll still need to register to vote by Tuesday 7 June, then fill in the postal vote application form here. Return the completed form your local electoral registration office by 5pm 11 working days before the referendum and it’s as simple as that!


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