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Prior to the momentous European Union (EU) referendum result on 23 June 2016, Managing Director Helen Withers, took part in a Brexit Question Time panel debate at St Benedict’s Catholic College in Colchester.
The debate, attended by over 300 students aged between 12 to 14 years old, was organised by the College’s English and Geography departments. It was organised as part of the curriculum to help young students get involved in current affairs and enhance their knowledge of the political system, as well as understanding the issues and arguments surrounding the debate.
The students raised a wide range of questions for the panel ranging from how Britain’s exit might affect the lives of young people and why they were not allowed to vote, to the impact on trade with the EU after Brexit, what an independent UK might mean for future education funding and what Brexit might mean to our closest EU neighbours.
Helen was joined on the panel by business representatives, local politicians and a former head boy of the college. All had varied opinions on Brexit.
Speaking after the debate, Helen said: “It was a lively and passionate discussion on an important issue. The students were really engaged in the topic and clearly thinking about what impact an exit from Europe may have on their future prospects.”
She concluded, “Arc Legal has built strong links with our local community. Participating in the panel debate provided another innovative way of supporting the development of young people in the area.”