EU Referendum Rick Edwards Podcast Cuts Through The Confusion For Young People

Trying where many have failed.

21/06/2016 16:24

Presenter Rick Edwards has launched a bold effort to cut through the "horse s**t" of the EU referendum campaign with a new podcast aimed at young voters.

With the under 30s largely switched off from electoral politics, yet nonetheless engaged with the issues, the podcast aims to cut through the noise of the campaign thus far.

​Among the guests on the programme are Guardian columnist Owen Jones, James Delingpole of the Spectator magazine, and campaigner Dreda Say Mitchell. 

Rick Edwards, left, with Owen Jones, above right, and Dreda Say Mitchell, below right

Just days ahead of the 23 June poll, 'Break Up or Make Up' chronicles Edwards' quest to discover the facts.

Edwards said: "The EU referendum is an incredibly important decision that rests in our hands. With all the information out there, some of it factual, some of it sensationalist, we wanted to create a podcast that tried to get to the bottom of the main issues, and provide some intelligent insight, without scaremongering, ahead of the vote.

​"I think what we all desperately want is clarity, to lay out the arguments, figures and projections, that are out there who we should believe and which we should just laugh off as scaremongering.

"The bad news is, it's really fucking hard, because fundamentally, there are just so many variables.

"The whole thing has been extremely obtuse, and consequently, I have no idea how I am going to vote.

"For many, this Referendum is purely a question of sovereignty."

Yet ​Owen Jones ​was very clear how he will vote this Thursday. He told the podcast: "We elect the European parliament - it's an elected body. I think it's so simplistic to say "all these laws coming from Brussels.

"[These] are negotiated and agreed to for very good reasons but the key areas that affect us in terms of how we run this country are decided here [in Britain]."

Listen to Wolfgang's 'Break Up or Make Up: Rick Edwards' Quest To Understand The EU Referendum' here.

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