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Kidderminster students vote to remain in Europe
STUDENTS at a Kidderminster sixth form rejected a mock motion to withdraw Britain from the European Union.
Guest speakers and pupils at King Charles I School, Comberton Road discussed Britain’s position in the EU as part of the debate club.
Youngsters listened as pro-EU speaker Lawrence Brewer and Eurosceptic Michael Clark put forward opposing arguments on the subject. The debate was chaired by King Charles head boy Tom Cadwallader.
Mr Clark, part of a legal team which took the UK Government to court in 2003 over a proposed “EU constitution”, told the audience EU law should not take precedence over British law.
Mr Brewer argued friends and neighbours were able to live and work in other countries freely and “26 pence, per person, per day” was “well worth the price of 60 years of peace”.
Students asked questions before voting on the motion “should Britain leave the EU?”.
The result, by about five to one, was a resounding no.
Debate organiser, director of sixth form studies Stuart Arch, picked the topic following recent high-profile stories about the relationship and the Eurozone economic crisis in the news.
“It is important our young people understand their position not just in their own country but also their position as European citizens,” he said. “They enjoyed it and said it was good to experience speakers being able to put across their point of view and weigh up the arguments.”
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