Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union, or leave the vast economic community that we have been part of for the last four decades?

This is the question facing the nation’s voters when the big ‘In-Out’ referendum takes place on Thursday June 23 this year.

The University of Birmingham offers the most up-to-date news, enlightened comment, impartial analysis and thought-provoking debate around this momentous decision.

We also provide expert analysis of all the issues from our world-leading academics and the latest perspectives from our researchers and media commentators.

Explore the following sections to learn more about what is sure to be one of the most significant European political events of the century.

Key facts

In such an important debate it is important to consider all sides of the argument. Here you can find a variety of links, including the main campaign websites for both sides of the debate as well as sub-groups within the main political parties. We have also included further information on how to register to vote and how the referendum is being operated.


Posted 23 March 2017

Triggering Article 50: the task that lies ahead

On March 29, the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50, starting the official Brexit process. As a result, unless all parties agree to an extension, the UK will officially leave the European Union on 29 March 2019

Posted 28 July 2016

What did Europe mean to William Shakespeare?

Shortly after the news of the referendum result, I heard some English politicians being interviewed on BBC radio. One of them remarked with apparent satisfaction that membership of the European Union had now been rejected by a majority of 'our countrymen.' Another, a woman, observed that the entire referendum campaign had been a very masculine affair, and pointed to her adversary's telling use of the word 'countrymen.' 'I'm sorry,' he replied, 'I have been reading the works of our national poet, and it must have affected my vocabulary.'

Posted 21 July 2016

How will Brexit affect the UK's relationship with China?

Four weeks after the UK's decision to leave the European Union, much commentary has focused on how Brexit will affect other world economies and UK trade relations. One of the more important areas of this discussion is the UK's future relationship with China.


As a convenor of balanced debate it is important to the University of Birmingham that we provide a platform for discussion around the EU referendum. The University will be organising a series of public events in addition to a number of student and academic-led events. You will also find further information here about external referendum events in the city of Birmingham, including those featuring University of Birmingham academic experts or connected to the Universities for Europe campaign.

EU Referendum Experts Guide

Featuring prominent University of Birmingham academic experts in the key areas of discussion around the EU Referendum debate, this guide is designed for those seeking expert commentators and speakers including the media.