- Event Start: 7th March 2019, 8:30pm
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The 29th of March, 2019, will be the most significant date in Great Britain’s peacetime history. The United Kingdom has leapt into a precarious position, and the future remains uncertain. The European question has defined British politics for decades and its answer has sent a shock through the Western world. The Oxford Union has always had a special relationship with British history. This debate is an important episode in that relationship.
The debate is not without precedent. On the 3rd of June, 1975, the Union voted overwhelmingly to “Say Yes To Europe” - two days before the referendum that brought the United Kingdom into the EU. Edward Heath and Jeremy Thorpe proposed the motion with Barbara Castle and Peter Shore opposing. Forty years later, two weeks before Britain voted to leave the European Union, the same chamber voted decisively to remain.
In March, as the country stands at a cross-roads and approaches a future beyond the EU, the Oxford Union will hold a debate on the most salient question of the time. Every generation of Britons has defined its relationship with Europe in its own way. This new debate will be held three weeks before the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the EU. Due to the ever-changing nature of this issue, we have decided to set a motion nearer the time.
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