Sussex college students join EU debate

Tasha Duursma, Emily Bruzon-Edwards, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Andrew Michael and Bill Smith at Sussex Downs College's  EU debate SUS-160106-103942001
Tasha Duursma, Emily Bruzon-Edwards, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Andrew Michael and Bill Smith at Sussex Downs College's EU debate SUS-160106-103942001

Students from Sussex Downs College heard arguments on whether Britain should leave or remain part of the EU at a referendum debate last week.

During the debate, college students spoke with a panel of guests including Labour party chairman Lloyd Russell-Moyle, filmmaker Bill Smith and Googlebox star Andrew Michael, who is a member of UKIP.

The debate, which was held in Lewes on Thursday (May 26), was chaired by the Student Union’s Tasha Duursma and Emily Bruzon-Edwards, both 18-years-old and from Eastbourne.

A spokesman for the college said, “Students and staff grilled the panel on what the referendum means to their future. Sussex Downs College alumni Russell-Moyle put forward a strong case for staying in the EU, with fellow alumni Michael presenting equally strong facts and figures on why we should leave.

“As an impartial guest who could be swayed, Bill Smith sided with the students and sat on the fence, asking where does democracy reside: out of London or Brussels?

“The packed to capacity lecture hall proved that students do care about politics and the future shape of Britain.”

An anonymous poll was taken at the end of the debate with 62 per cent of students saying they would be voting in the referendum. The poll showed 24 per cent were under 18 so unable to vote with a further 12 per cent undecided while one per cent said they wouldn’t vote.

A further poll found 51 per cent would be voting to stay a part of the EU, 27 per cent said they would be voting to leave and 22 per cent said they were unsure.

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