Experts give their views on the EU at Norwich Cathedral hustings

The hustings panel at Norwich Cathedral.

The hustings panel at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: Archant

A panel of experts has shared views on everything from agriculture to scientific funding ahead of the EU referendum this month.

More than 100 people turned up to the hustings event at Norwich Cathedral yesterday, which was chaired by local BBC political correspondent Andrew Sinclair.

It saw six speakers talk about the possible effects of the vote on June 23.

The all-male panel included the head of politics at UEA, Professor Hussein Kassim, a scientific researcher at the Sainsbury's Laboratory in Norwich, Professor Jonathan Jones, and the CEO of Anglia Farmers, Clarke Willis.

Richard Larner, a local independent investment adviser, said: 'Try not to base your views on the economics of it because it is just too complicated.'


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He said that leaving the EU would probably see Sterling fall by 'at least' 10pc, but it would eventually recover.

Meanwhile, he claimed the stock market would see something of a 'relief rally' should the UK remain in, but stressed it would not last for long.

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Professor Kassim attempted to clarify some of the claims made by both camps regarding legislation.

And Professor Jones stressed the importance of EU grants for research projects.

He claimed that a vote to leave would be 'catastrophic' for science hubs in Cambridge and Norwich.

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