05:51PM, Thursday 12 May 2016
Two top politicians joined students on a panel to debate the reasons to leave or remain in the European Union (EU).
Dominic Grieve, MP for Beaconsfield, was fighting the corner to remain in the EU up against UKIP co-founder Anthony Scholefield, who was arguing for the leave vote.
The debate was held at Burnham Grammar School in Hogfair Lane on Thursday, May 5, with four of its sixth form students also on the panel.
Topics covered included sovereignty, migration and the economic impacts of a possible Brexit.
The economy was a heated topic, with Mr Scholefield arguing that Britain could leave but stay in the European Economic Area. Mr Grieve responded by saying: “It seems strange to go to all this effort to leave to then just stay in the European Economic Area.”
In their closing remarks both sides of the argument stated leaving would be a risk.
Mr Scholefield said: “It’s a risky decision to vote out, but there is the migration crisis and the problem with Brussels wanting Europe to be one state. We need to take charge of our own destiny and leave now.”
Mr Grieve said: “We can’t prevent Europe from developing for better or for worse, but we can stay with something that can deliver clear and definite benefits. A vote to remain is a positive for the future.”
A final vote at the end of the debate was taken with a show of hands from the audience of who would vote to remain in the EU, with two thirds of the room in favour of staying.
The debate was organised by village resident Viv Nicholas. He said: “I do believe that all those who attended came away a little better informed.”