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Brexit debate arrives in Leeds

Leeds Beckett University is playing host to a major broadcaster as the Brexit debate hots up. Channel 4 News will broadcast a special panel edition of its 19:00 – 20:00 show tonight from our Rose Bowl building in City Campus.

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Veteran presenter, Jon Snow will be on hand to quiz Brexit experts about the impending withdrawal from the EU.

They will be joined by an audience of guests aged 18-20 who were not eligible to vote when the referendum took place in June 2016.

Just three months ago, Channel 4 revealed that Leeds would be home to its new National HQ following an extensive pitch process involving 30 cities and regions.

Leeds Beckett Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Slee, said: "The broadcast from our Rose Bowl is just one example of the many ways our university works to support local organisations and is part of the commitment we made to help bring Channel 4 to Leeds with all the benefits that brings to our city.”

Higher Education, he said, had to be at the heart of the Brexit debate.

“Our universities are a key part of the UK economy. We contribute more than £21bn to UK GDP every year, and support almost one million jobs. As with every other sector of the economy, Brexit is likely to have a significant impact on higher education, and those impacts will be much more negative if we leave with “no deal”.

“Higher education and the transfer and development of important knowledge and skills is an international enterprise. We work closely with thousands of European university partners, and student recruitment, research collaboration and the movement of staff and students will be jeopardised if we leave without a deal.

“The Government has made a number of positive assurances about the UK remaining part of European research networks, allowing the free movement of staff and students, and about allowing international students to study here in the UK. If we have a “no deal”, all of those things are thrown up in the air.”

MPs will vote on the UK's Brexit deal next week.

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