6th Dec, 2016

Solihull students take part in EU debate, three quarters decide to stay

Shaun Reynolds 16th May, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

STUDENTS from the Sixth Form College, Solihull joined in the Brexit debate last week as politics and economics students took part in an EU referendum discussion.

Former MP for Solihull, Baroness Lorely Burt, put the case forward for staying in the EU – Dr Anthony Hopkins from the department of political science and international studies at Birmingham University gave his reasons as to why we should leave.

Students listened to ten minute presentation of each side of the argument and then asked insightful questions on the topic.

To make the debate have more purpose, students were asked to vote before and after the debate to see if their views had been swayed by the debate.

Three quarters of those present said they would vote to remain in the European Union.

Assistant curriculum leader and politics teacher Mike Pattison said: “I’d like to thank Lorely Burt and Anthony Hopkins for giving up their time to come into college for this debate.

“Many of the students in attendance have turned 18 and will be able to vote for the first time in this referendum next month – so hearing both sides of the argument was hugely beneficial for them.

“It was great to see more than 50 students engaged in the debate, asking intelligent questions and forming opinions on such an important issue.”