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EU Referendum Debate

Published Thursday 26th of May 2016 01:33:40 PM

EU Referendum fever has hit Sherborne Girls this term. Interest was sparked in Prayers, where a brief history of the European Union was presented, following which twenty or so girls volunteered to lead the campaign teams and organise the in-school Referendum, which will be held on Thursday 23rd June. The campaign teams have been busy producing posters and researching arguments to persuade voters either to choose to remain in the EU, or elect to leave it. Their campaigns were given a boost on Friday, 20 May when Sir Graham Watson, a former MEP, and the Right Honourable Ann Widdecombe spoke to the whole school, debating the pros and cons of EU membership and taking questions from the floor. For more photos from the evening please see our image gallery. The Senior History Society has also produced an information booklet offering a balanced view of the arguments, and focus on the background to this discussion. The girls will themselves have an opportunity for further consideration in a whole-school debate on the eve of the Referendum, and voting will then take place at the same time as the ‘real’ event. The school hall will become a polling station, and girls and staff are all being encouraged to vote on this historic occasion.
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