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The EU Referendum

The EU Referendum

The EU Referendum: Radley ‘Question Time’

The College hosted an ‘EU Question Time’. On the evening of Wednesday June 15th, Radley came together to watch the hottest topic in the news at the moment: should Britain leave the EU? The Theatre was the setting and battlefield. On the Eurosceptic side was future Academic Prefect, Archie Clifton-Brown, future Senior Prefect, James Maidment (above) and the established Mr Wiseman. Against them was George Gent, Benedict Yorston and Head of Science, Mr Mosedale.

Head of Academic Studies, Mr Rathbone successfully prompted the debaters to discuss important areas of the referendum, including the four subtopics; the economy, international relations, immigration and the sovereignty of the UK. Chairing the debate, Mr Rathbone pounced on any arguments, ensuring the debaters’ arguments were up to scratch and of the highest standard.

Benedict Yorston (below) focused particularly on immigration, proposing an argument that seemed to rattle the Brexiters. Archie Clifton-Brown fired back against the Europhiles and James Maidment impressively had answers and evidence for every question George Gent could throw at him. The Dons brought wisdom and knowledge to the floor and the evening was concluded with a vote on whether to leave the EU or not.

The room decided to stay, although the Brexit campaign swayed many a Radleian to vote in favour of Brexit.

Overall the highly-anticipated evening did not disappoint and created expectation for the 23rd June.

Many thanks to all involved.

Report by James Gosling and Tom Whitbread, A Social 6.1

 

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