Heated EU debate nears its conclusion
You can tell the EU referendum is finally drawing near. The ‘Brexit’ debate roadshow rolled into town this week as Conservative chancellor George Osborne was joined in Ashford by his Labour predecessor Alistair Darling for a show of crossparty support for Britain staying in the EU.
Last week Folkestone hosted a fiery Question Time as host David Dimbleby had to calm down the opposing panellists, who included Ukip’s Nigel Farage and comedian Eddie Izzard.
Tensions ran high, particularly when discussing controversial and divisive topics such as immigration, which has perhaps become the most talked about aspect on the whole campaign trail so far.
This is no doubt something that pro-Brexiters will welcome. But it has the power to overshadow the overall debate, potentially turning next week’s referendum into a vote purely on immigration.
It isn’t. There are so many more issues at stake when people go to the polls on Thursday, June 23. A poll conducted for the KM Group showed 57% of the county look set to vote to leave with 58% of those people saying immigration was the most important issue.
While the leave camp may have successfully steered the debate on to immigration, the remainers are fighting tooth and nail to move the economy and employment back on to the agenda.
Despite the vote coming down to a straight choice, many voters have still not decided which way they will go. The only certainty in this referendum is that a very high number of voters will turn out a week from now to have their say on the country’s future.