Mr Patrick O’Flynn MEP, UKIP’s leading candidate in the Eastern region at the last European Parliament elections, visited the School on Monday to deliver a lecture to the Sir Antony Browne Society. He presented the case for leaving the European Union to a very interested audience of Sixth Formers, many of whom will be 18 by the time a referendum is called.
A former political editor of the Daily Express newspaper and economic spokesman for UKIP, Mr O’Flynn talked about how the ‘remain’ campaign claims to be presented as the ‘status quo’ and how leaving the EU wouldn’t result in a reduction in trade.
After his talk, students were invited to ask him questions, which led to a lively debate on such issues as Turkey’s pending membership of the EU, a recent UKIP party political broadcast, the voting age being lowered to 16, and what the future would hold for UKIP if Britain voted to leave the Union.
Head of Politics Mr Willis commented “We are having speakers ranging from Mr O’Flynn to the General Secretary of the Communist Party this year. Mr O’Flynn gave a very well argued case on the EU which did a great deal to stimulate student thinking and discussion.”
On Thursday 25th February the Sir Antony Browne Society welcomes former Business Secretary The Rt Hon. Sir Vince Cable to the School to ask “Is the Financial Crisis Really Over?”