Actor, comedian and writer Eddie Izzard will speak at an EU referendum event at the University of Portsmouth on 7 June.
Eddie will visit the University as part of his Stand Up For Europe campaign to encourage people of all ages across the UK to register and vote to remain in the European Union.
Eddie will present the arguments for remaining against a Vote Leave representative who will be confirmed by the University later this month.
Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, said: “We’re looking forward to hosting Eddie Izzard at our EU referendum event. It is so important that as a University we encourage and support open debate on such important issues and I am looking forward to hearing what will no doubt be a robust discussion.
“This is an issue which has the potential to change our lives in Britain and alter fundamentally the operation of the University of Portsmouth, our research and teaching activities and the way we interact with Europe and internationally.
“This is a very important and personal decision which all of us in Britain will need to take, the outcome of which will be a defining moment for our country.”
The Stand Up For Europe campaign tour will see Eddie visit 31 cities in 31 days across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Ahead of his first event at Aston University in Birmingham, he said: “We know the overwhelming majority of young people want to stay in Europe because of the opportunities it presents to work, to study and to travel. I share their positive view of Europe – I am a British European who has performed in German, French and Spanish.
“But if they are not registered, they can’t vote and those opportunities will be taken away without them getting to have their say. It only takes two minutes to register on a smartphone and it must be done by June 7.
“I got chances from Europe that the generation before me never got – just imagine what benefits young people will get in the future. This could be the biggest decision of their lives and I want to help make sure they get their chance to have their say.”
The free event is on Tuesday, 7 June from 6.30 – 8.00pm. Tickets are limited to two per person. Please book via Eventbrite.
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