Huddersfield politics expert Pete Woodcock is adamant that this week’s EU referendum is the most important political issue of our generation.

And he insists that everyone must find out what they can about the EU and what it means to each of us, and turn out to vote.

Dr Woodcock, of the University of Huddersfield, urged people to get down the pub, or invite friends around, to chat about the merits of In or Out.

He said it was wrong to blame the media or politicians for the vitriol or for the weighted information about the merits of Remain or Leave.

“We each have a responsibility to find out as much as we can, to chat about it with our friends and then to make a reasoned judgement.

“I’m a relatively young man but this week’s vote is certainly the most important political decision of my lifetime.

“There are many reasons why in other elections people may choose not to vote. They may feel that politicians don’t listen or that their vote will not count.

“This time it is simple: it’s a Yes or No choice about in or out.

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“It is imperative that people do vote on an issue which will change the economy, the way this country is governed and the very ethos of this country for the future.

“There’s an old English saying about the three things you should never discuss at a dinner party are religion, politics and sex.

“For me, those are the very three things we should be discussing: at home, with friends, down the pub.

“I have no sympathy for the people who sit on their hands and rely on politicians and pundits to tell us what we should think.

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“David Beckham was wheeled out this week to express his views; I’m a big Southampton fan so I’m desperately wanting to hear what Graziano Pelle has to say.

“Seriously the way in which the campaign has been conducted has not been good but I still believe sincerely that we cannot blame the politicians or the media for that.

“We each need to get the information we need to make a decision and get out and vote on Thursday.”

Dr Woodcock is the Course Leader of all politics undergraduate courses at the University of Huddersfield.