St Peter's 13-18
Over four hundred pupils at St Peter's School gathered this morning to hear about the issues at stake in the forthcoming EU Referendum and pose questions to the two campaigns.
Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton, visited the School to speak for the Remain argument with Carl Chambers, regional Chair of Business for Britain, speaking for the Brexit campaign.
Mr Hollinrake spoke first and based his argument on the economic, trading and employment benefits of being in the EU, whereas Mr Chambers emphasised the undemocratic nature of the EU in contrast to our power as citizens within an independent UK.
The pupils had discussed the referendum with their tutors on Tuesday morning and submitted questions. Debating President Alex Woodruff (Upper Sixth) and Concetta Scrimshaw (Upper Sixth) put a selection of these to the two speakers.
Ben Fuller, who organised the event said; “It was great to have a clear, measured and intelligent debate about the issues involved. We look forward to finding out what our students think when we have our mock referendum next week.”