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'Brexit or bottle it?'

'Brexit or bottle it?'

‘Brexit or bottle it?”

With the European Union Referendum drawing ever closer and Radleians uncertain about the fate of the United Kingdom, the Politics Department kindly organised the visit of Professor Rob Johns from the Department of Government, University of Essex, to shed some light on the matter in the Coffee Shop, on Wednesday May 25th 

Prof Johns began the talk by predicting that the UK would vote to stay in the EU; throughout his talk he justified his theory with detailed facts and figures. Professor Johns had even placed a bet on the UK remaining in the EU. 

Throughout his talk he spoke about the Scottish Referendum, online polls, wisdom of crowds: all of which supported his predictions as to the result. He also touched on the subject of risk taking and fear and how it would play out into the hands of the Europhiles’ advantage. Professor Johns conducted an interactive experiment on the basis of ‘Prospect Theory’ and asked the audience to vote on a choice between the certainty of being given £10 and a fifty per cent chance of £25. He then explained that people do not like taking the risk to get the £25, or in this case, the risk of exiting the EU.  

The plethora of questions at the end highlighted just how interesting and thought-provoking everybody found the talk. 

Many thanks to all involved in organising such a relevant and in depth talk on one of the many hot topics of debate at the moment.  

Report by James Gosling and Tom Whitbread, A Social 6.1

 

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