Students for Britain

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Students for Britain
Formation24 April 2014[1]
PurposeUnited Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union
AffiliationsVote Leave
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Students for Britain was a campaign group, affiliated with the Vote Leave campaign, which argued that Britain would be better off outside the EU.[2] The organisation stressed the cost of the EU, barriers to trade with the rest of the world and how undemocratic and remote the EU is in their view.[3][4][5] The campaign has been described by Sunday Times Political Editor Tim Shipman as Vote Leave's 'militant wing'.[6]

The campaign claimed to be active in "over 50 universities",[7] and were involved in a protest during the CBI's 2015 conference, whereby two members of the organisation heckled the Prime Minister, holding a sign that read "CBI = voice of Brussels".[8] The students gained access to the conference by creating a fake company.[9]

The campaign rivalled Students for Europe,[10] which argues for a 'remain' vote and is a component of the European Movement.[11]

The campaign closed down after the June 2016 vote.

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  1. ^ Business for Britain. "LAUNCH OF STUDENTS FOR BRITAIN". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  2. ^ "David Cameron 'deadly serious' about need for EU reform". BBC News.
  3. ^ Smith, Dominic (10 March 2016). "In or out? Students use condoms to contemplate Brexit". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Students for Britain on Al Jazeera".
  5. ^ "Students for Britain on BBC News".
  6. ^ Shipman, Tim (3 November 2016). All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain's Political Class (1st ed.). HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2016. p. 94. ISBN 9780008215156.
  7. ^ "Students for Britain". Twitter.
  8. ^ "How Students Phil Sheppard And Peter Lyon Heckled David Cameron On His EU Speech At The CBI". The Huffington Post UK. 9 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Britain leaving EU could restart the Troubles in Northern Ireland". 9 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Students for Britain and Students for Europe BBC Radio 5 Live interview". Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Students for Europe". Retrieved 14 March 2016.