The Telegraph teams up with Huffington Post for live YouTube Brexit debate
James R | On 08, Jun 2016
The Telegraph is teaming up with The Huffington Post for a live debate about the UK’s EU referendum.
The debate, which will be chaired by radio broadcast Aasmah Mir, will last for 90 minutes and give Telegraph and Huffington Post UK users a chance to pose questions to the panel. Answering the questions will be former Mayor of London Boris Johnson (Leave), SNP MP Alex Salmond (Remain), Conservative MP Priti Patel (Live) and Liz Kendall of the Labour Party (Remain).
The debate will take place on 14th June at 7pm, one week before the crucial 23rd June vote. It will be held at YouTube’s London HQ, with the whole thing available to watch live on The Telegraph’s YouTube channel.
Stephen Hull, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post UK, told The Drum: “The Huffington Post is focused on informing and inspiring audiences worldwide, and there’s no greater decision for the UK than the EU referendum. We are thrilled to be involved in this historic debate. We want to start conversations around the globe on this hugely important moment and encourage Britons, especially first time voters, to make their voice heard.”
Salmond, who is in favour of remaining in the EU, said he will make the “positive case” for Europe, while Johnson (of the Leave campaign) has said he will “show why our vision is a vision founded on hope”.
The debate highlights both the determination of politicians to reach out to young audiences and the role that YouTube has come to play in that, with previous political debates ahead of the 2015 general election and interviews with Barack Obama all being released on the video site.