Debate on EU question
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.”