Barrow Sixth Form students reject Brexit

Tuesday 26-04-2016 - 12:38

Students in Cumbria vote overwhelmingly to say that the UK should remain a member of the EU.

Barrow Sixth Form College has held a panel discussion and mock referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.

The panel included MP for Barrow and Furness John Woodcock as well as local business leaders and student Katie Moncrief. The event was chaired by students Oliver Pike and Isadora Lynch.

The discussion covered the impact that a potential Brexit would have on the economy and on levels of immigration.

Adrian Rawlinson, managing director of Marl International, argued that entrepreneurs would be better off out of Europe, while Forge Europa’s Julie Barton said that EU membership made exporting to easier.

Furness Enterprise’s former chief executive Harry Knowles said that unelected European officials shouldn’t determine British laws, but John Woodcock argued that while the EU isn’t perfect it remains a strong platform for tackling major issues like climate change.

84 students then took part in the vote, with 76% believing that the UK should vote to remain a member of the EU.

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Image courtesy of Barrow Sixth Form College



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