De­bate on EU ques­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOLS NEWS - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

PUPILS re­cently en­gaged in a lively de­bate about the EU ref­er­en­dum.

Che­sham Gram­mar School’s head of pol­i­tics He­len South­wood and the school’s year 12 pol­i­tics stu­dents re­cently or­gan­ised an ‘In or Out’ de­bate about the EU ref­er­en­dum so that every­one could hear both sides of the de­bate and ask ques­tions of a panel of politi­cians and ex­perts.

The panellists were Baroness Bowles of Berkham­sted, a Lib­eral Demo­crat who was a mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment from 2005 to 2014, chair of the Eco­nomic and Mon­e­tary Af­fairs Com­mit­tee from 2009 to 2014 and was ap­pointed to the House of Lords in 2015, Ray Finch MEP (UKIP) who was elected to the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in 2014, Pro­fes­sor of In­ter­na­tional Relations at the Univer­sity of Ox­ford and di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies at the Department of Pol­i­tics and In­ter­na­tional Relations Ka­lypso Ni­co­laidis, Vote Leave cam­paigner Tom Pike who is chair­man of Wy­combe Con­ser­va­tive Fu­ture and was the Mem­ber of Youth Par­lia­ment for Wy­combe be­tween 2012 and 2014, Jonathan Scheele who is a SEESOX Re­search As­so­ciate at St An­thony’s Col­lege, Univer­sity of Ox­ford and served as a Euro­pean Com­mis­sion of­fi­cial from 1974 un­til 2012, and Nick Var­ley, a Con­ser­va­tive Coun­cil­lor on Chiltern District Coun­cil and Che­sham Town Coun­cil and is Head of Ground Cam­paigns at Vote Leave.

The de­bate saw pupils and staff at­tend­ing from Ash­lyns School, Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar School, Dr Chal­loner’s High School and Wil­liam Bor­lase Gram­mar School as well as a large num­ber of its own pupils and some par­ents.

Top­ics ad­dressed by the panel ranged from ‘how far did David Cameron’s EU deal go to­wards achiev­ing your ideal EU?’, the fu­ture of the UK’s econ­omy, the move­ment of peo­ple be­tween coun­tries and UKIP’s stance on sovereignty and the power of work­ing to­gether.

Dr South­wood said: “We had a re­ally lively, en­joy­able de­bate and our Year 12 pol­i­tics stu­dents learned a lot bout the EU and the com­plex­i­ties of the EU ref­er­en­dum.”

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