This House Believes that the UK should stay in the UK
This debate was the first one to be led by this year’s Year 5 in which four of its members spoke very well as main proposers and opposers. The whole of the UK and the EU have for the last 4 years been in total confusion over this very issue. It has yet to be resolved.
This same motion was debated 3 years ago in this school. Have the views of the young generation changed during this time?Today’s primary-school children will experience, as adults, the effects of the decision that is finally taken.
The issue concerned is very complex and has turned out to be extremely divisive in the UK and in Europe.
FOR THE MOTION
- The EU was set up to reduce/eliminate the likelihood of war in Europe. Successful so far.
- Free trading without customs’ delays with 480 million people in EU.
- Cheaper products both for UK and other non-EU countries trading through Europe.
- No loss of international companies who are already moving from UK.
- Higher tuition fees for students in UK with loss of overseas students.
- Better job prospects because large companies will stay in UK.
AGAINST THE MOTION
- As a single, independent country, the UK will recover its full powers of
policy-making and governing, without external vetoes.
- It will no longer have to pay £250m per week to the EU for administration and wasteful expenditure.
- It will restore UK democracy with parliament elected by its own people. The EU is an unelected body with huge powers.
- Immigration will be controlled, thus blocking entry to asylum seekers and criminals.
- UK will enjoy free trading outside the EU without any necessary losses in Europe.
VOTING ON THE MOTION
- Yes:18 No:11 DK:1 In 2019
- Yes: 21No:11DK:2In 2016
In these debates, the children of the next generation demonstrate their consistent support for staying in the EU. It is they who will reap the effects of the final decision.