Eddie Izzard on the EU Referendum campaign trail

More than 500 people are expected to attend a talk by comedian and campaigner Eddie Izzard at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

The famous multiple marathon runner is visiting the City on the next leg of his Stand up for Europe campaign, aimed at encouraging young people to register for the referendum and vote to stay in Europe.

He is aiming to call at 31 cities in 31 days in his quest, ahead of the EU Referendum on 23 June.

Young people will be key to the result on that day. A recent poll by the National Union of Students found:


Students want to remain in the European Union


Students back the Leave campaign

Despite those results, young people are much less likely to actually go to the polls. Ipsos MORI found:


of 18-24-year-olds vote


of over-65s vote

Eddie Izzard has seen many opportunities on the continent. He calls himself a British European who has performed in German, French and Spanish.

He is calling on young people to vote and to do so they have to be registered to vote. They have until 7 June to do so.

  • How to register to vote in the EU Referendum

I got chances from Europe that the generation before me never got – just imagine what benefits young people will get in the future. This could be the biggest decision of their lives and I want to help make sure they get their chance to have their say.”

Eddie Izzard

The Vice-chancellor, of UWE is delighted that Eddie is coming to Bristol at such a crucial time.

“I am very pleased that we will be welcoming Eddie Izzard to UWE Bristol as part of his 'Stand up for Europe Campaign'. We are building up to one of the biggest decisions of our lifetime, one which will have implications for our country and economy for generations to come.”

Steve West, UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor
Having famously run around the UK for charity in 2009, Eddie has embarked on a different kind of tour ahead of the EU Referendum Credit: PA

The Bristol 'Stand up for Europe' event is sold out but you can find out more about Eddie Izzard's tour on his website, www.eddieizzard.com