A local councillor says he will use an EU referendum debate in Lichfield to ask voters to consider how the result will affect the next generation.
Cllr Paul Ray, Liberal Democrat representative for the Chadsmead ward on Lichfield District Council, will join Labour MP Tristram Hunt to make the case for remaining in the European Union at Lichfield Cathedral this evening (June 3).
Lichfield’s Conservative MP Michael Fabricant and economist Mike Horridge will be putting forward the argument for a Brexit.
But Cllr Ray says voters must have one eye on the future.
“If you are from the elder population, I ask you to ask the children, grandchildren etc in your family their views,” he said. “The decision is going to massively affect their generation.
“The EU does need to be reformed and with the UK on the inside we can make change happen.
“We are a great proud country but we are in a global world and so for our future we have to work closer with other countries.
“The EU represents 52% of the UK’s trade and our future has to be in the largest single market in the world with the real tangible benefits that the EU offers us.”
But Mr Fabricant has backed plans to leave the European Union – and he says the debate should help people to judge fact instead of fiction.
“Much has been published by the Government and other ‘Remain’ campaigners all warning of dire consequences if we leave the EU,” he said. “The truth is that there are few ‘facts’ available when it comes to the future, but this debate will provide the opportunity for the audience to find out more and make their own judgement.”
The debate – chaired by the Dean of Lichfield – starts at 7.30pm tonight.