Forest Gate students in university EU debate

Stephen Timms addresses students at UEL (picture: UEL/Ewen Laycock)

Stephen Timms addresses students at UEL (picture: UEL/Ewen Laycock) - Credit: UEL/Ewen Laycock.

What are the key issues surrounding the referendum?

That was what St Bonaventure’s students taking part in a workshop at the University of East London attempted to find out.

They joined their counterparts from Havering Sixth Form College in listening to a keynote speech from East Ham MP Stephen Timms.

The students then debated many of the major issues, including freedom of movement, democracy and sovereignty from a range of political perspectives.

Mr Timms said: “Although I strongly believe Britain is better in the EU, I am impressed that the University of East London is encouraging young people to engage with all the debates around Brexit.


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“For some of these students, it will be the first time they have voted on something so monumental. For others, it could mean growing up in a Britain outside of the EU.

“The questions from students have been intelligent, and I am confident that civic engagement projects like this will continue to spark interest in politics among the next generation.”

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The workshop was organised as part of UEL’s aim to ignite interest in current affairs.

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