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Stephen Timms MP joins UEL for Brexit debate with local schools

Docklands Campus

Local students debate pros and cons of leaving the EU

Stephen Timms MP for East Ham, gave the keynote speech at a University of East London project to get secondary school and college students interested in the debates around Brexit.

Students from Havering Sixth Form College, and St Bonaventure’s RC Secondary School, Forest Gate, took part in the one-day workshop ahead of the Brexit referendum on 23 June.

They debated many of the major issues, including freedom of movement, internal migration, the economy and growth prospects, and democracy and sovereignty, from a range of political perspectives representing all the major political parties in the UK.

The workshop was part of UEL’s wider civic engagement activity, aimed at giving local students a taste of university learning and igniting their interest in current affairs.

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.

“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.”

The presence of London Live TV added to the excitement. The TV station interviewed two college students live on air about why they supported or opposed Brexit. 
The workshop was organised by Dr Tim Hall of UEL's School of Social Sciences, and the UEL Education and Community Partnerships team, who run outreach activities all year round.