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Sussex Coast College debate

Sussex Coast College debate (photo: Stewart Rayment).

Student debate on Europe

With only a couple of weeks to go before the national referendum, students hosted a lively Half Term Debate at Sussex Coast College Hastings over whether the UK should stay in or leave the European Union.

Dan Shelley (vice principal: Enterprise, Employment and Skills) chaired the event in the entrance hall of Sussex Coast College, Hastings, with students Georgie Warner (16) and Annabel Sarling (18) joining Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, borough councillor Peter Chowney, Andrew Michael UKIP and Nigel Jones UKIP.

Georgie Warner said that as a young person she wanted to be able to have the freedom to travel across Europe and study in other countries where the fees are often cheaper. Annabel Sarling said that she was concerned about the democratic deficit and the EU taking over English laws. There was vigorous debate from the audience and a number of students listened from the balconies of the upper floors of the college.

Damian Collins commented that, “It was great that the debate was held in the college and it was great to engage with young people whose views are very important in the referendum.”

The deadline for online registration to vote in the EU referendum has been extended beyond midnight on Tuesday 7 June due to a collapse in the registration website (see here).

Posted 17:24 Monday, Jun 6, 2016 In: Politics

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  1. Julia Hilton

    he EU referendum vote is on a knife edge. If you care about the environment, climate change, freedom of movement, workers rights, staying in Europe to change Europe then please spare 5 minutes of your time to come down to Hastings pier on Saturday 11 June at 11.00 am to be in what we hope will be a huge group photo of all the diverse people of Hastings and St Leonards that want to stay IN Europe.
    You can also come and make a banner or placard saying why you are voting Remain at the Observer Building at 6.30 pm on Friday 10 June. Materials will be provided but if you have any paint, markers, large sheets of card, they will be very welcome.
    Please forward this to all your friends who are thinking of voting Remain and share the event on FB

    Comment by Julia Hilton — Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 @ 10:20

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