St Peter's School
Sixth Form pupils at St Peter’s have been brought right up to date with the latest twists and turns in the Brexit crisis by one of the region’s Members of the European Parliament. Richard Corbett was first elected as an MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber in 1999 and is also the Labour Party group leader there, so he was well placed to inform us.
As well as explaining the work of the Parliament and other EU institutions with member states and governments, he answered questions about the current problems facing the UK as it seeks to leave. Pupils asked about the various options open to the UK as well as the prospects for the Labour Party with its evolving policy.
Richard’s visit was timely in the midst of our constitutional crisis and it was good to hear an insider view from someone with long experience in Brussels. There was a lively debate over Labour’s current Brexit policy in our Q&A as well as a better understanding of what the EU has contributed to the UK.
His visit is one of a series of lunches with visiting political speakers, which Sixth Formers can attend.
Many thanks to Ben Fuller, Head of Politics, for this report.