This page was archived on Friday 24 June 2016, after the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU. Both the national result and the result in Portsmouth were to leave the EU.

A ONCE IN A LIFETIME DECISION

If you're over the age of 18 and registered to vote, you're going to be asked this week to make a decision that will impact every aspect of your life; work, education and fun. We've asked your Councillors to tell us why they will be voting either in Europe or out.


CLLR. BEN DOWLING
Liberal Democrat
Milton

For me, this referendum is about the type of country we want to be and type of society we want to see across Europe. I believe that the European Union is a political, economic and social partnership of countries which helps developing countries to form representative democracies and robust economies. It is an organisation which promotes human rights across Europe. It promotes fairness and equality across Europe. Currently, the UK is a leading light in the European Union and I am proud of that. Our involvement has made Europe a safe place where you, as young people in Portsmouth, can freely move across 28 different countries.


CLLR. STEPHEN MORGAN
Labour
Charles Dickens

I'm planning to vote to stay in. Because I think it is always better to be in something to shape and influence how you want it to be. The current arrangement is not ideal and only by being part of Europe we can shape its future.


CLLR. JOHN FERRETT
Labour
Paulsgrove

The referendum on 23 June is vital to our nation's future. It will decide whether we are an outward-looking and forward-thinking country or one that believes it can turn the clock back and seek solace in the past. I believe the European Union has been instrumental in securing peace in Western Europe for the past 70 years. We risk destabilising such a successful alliance at our peril. We will always be stronger by working together.


CLLR. IAN LYON
Conservative
Nelson

Despite the plethora of vested interests and establishment voices desperately trying to persuade us to vote Remain with their predominantly short term economic arguments, ultimately this referendum is a political choice. If the EU were merely an economic organisation (and if it were half-competent at running such an entity), then these arguments would be overriding: but, as we all know, it is no such thing. Throughout our nation's history we have undergone cyclical and stand-alone economic crises from which, usually fairly quickly, we have recovered. On the other hand, our political system has been 800 years in the making with various seminal events as staging posts along the way.