Students for Britain

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]

Students for Britain
Formation24 April 2014[1]
PurposeUnited Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union
AffiliationsVote Leave
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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 organisation claimed that the students "wanted to protest to make this point to as many people as possible".[10]

The group was notably denied status as an official society at Keele University, allegedly for having the word 'Britain' in its name.[11] However it later came to light that it was denied society status due to concerns that it would not last past the date of the EU Referendum and was incorporated into Keele Students' Union's Keele Votes Campaign alongside the Young Europeans Group.[12]

The campaign rivalled Students for Europe,[13] which argues for a 'remain' vote and is a component of the European Movement.[14]

The campaign closed down after the June 2016 vote.

See also


  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. "David Cameron mocks anti-EU students who heckled his CBI speech on Brussels". Mail Online. 9 November 2015.
  11. Sherriff, Lucy (16 March 2016). "Pro-Brexit Student Society Barred From Becoming Official Because It Has 'Britain' In Its Name". Huffington Post.
  12. KeeleSU. "KeeleSU – Keele University Students Union". Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  13. "Students for Britain and Students for Europe BBC Radio 5 Live interview". Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  14. "Students for Europe". Retrieved 14 March 2016.