The BBC will broadcast its final and biggest debate on the EU referendum tonight!
Senior campaigners for Vote Leave Boris Johnson MP and Gisela Stuart MP will be joined by Andrea Leadsom MP to represent leave.
Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Ruth Davidson MSP, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC from the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, will represent remain.
Both sides of the debate will make opening and closing statements. The six panellists will debate the key EU Referendum issues, including the economy and immigration, and take questions in front of an audience of thousands of voters.
For each topic there will be questions from two audience members – split evenly between leave and remain supporters. Each panellist on the main stage will have the opportunity to answer the question and then debate the subject.
There will be additional opinion and commentary on the issues from a second stage of further 10 guests made up of five representatives from each side, moderated by Mishal Husain.
For remain, these will be SNP’s Humza Yousaf MSP, Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, and Justin King, former CEO of Sainsbury’s.
Representing leave on the second stage will be Conservative Minister Priti Patel MP, UKIP’s Diane James MEP, Harsimrat Kaur from Women for Britain, Tim Martin, founder and chairman of Wetherspoons, and journalist and author Tony Parsons.
The final part of the live programme is presented by Emily Maitlis from the media room, at the Drum, where she will gauge the immediate reaction to the debate and assess the facts and claims made with the help of the BBC’s Reality Check team led on the night by Economics Editor, Kamal Ahmed and Europe Editor, Katya Adler.
EU Referendum: The Great Debate will be broadcast from 8pm–10pm on BBC One and the BBC News Channel
The BBC has announced two senior appointments. Kamal Ahmed has been appointed Editorial Director and Gavin Allen as Head of News Output. Kamal joined the BBC in 2014 as Business Editor, moving to the role of Economics Editor two years later after a career in…
Former BBC and Sky News presenter Alastair Yates has died at the age of 66. “Terribly sad news. Former colleague Alastair Yates has passed away at 66 years old,” said Peter Dobbie. He was a gentle gentleman of the highest order. Our industry is the…
News presenter Lewis Vaughan Jones has revealed that he has lost the hearing in his left ear. Lewis posted an image to his 4,000 followers on Twitter of him wearing his hearing aid on air for the first time. “A bit of personal news: A…