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Students Visit Parliament in Strasbourg

20 students from Sleaford Joint Sixth Form and 3 members of staff spent three days recently visiting Lincolnshire MEP Rupert Matthews at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. We heard an interesting presentation on the work of the institution and the European Union and we were able to listen in on a debate in the main chamber where the topic was the plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

The highlight of the visit was meeting Mr Matthews MEP, who subsidised the trip. Students took part in a lively Question and Answer session asking Mr Matthews his opinion on current points of interest such as the likelihood of a second referendum on BREXIT. Students were keen to find out how trade agreements would be formed following the result of the referendum earlier this year and how the UK would move legislation forward in 2019. Mr Matthews was asked if he thought 16 and 17 year olds should get the vote and he touched upon the use of glyphosate and the legislation that affects its use.

During the two night visit we enjoyed the atmosphere of the famous Christmas market in Strasbourg and visited the cathedral. A quick trip over the border to Switzerland to the market in Basel meant a change of language from French to German. On both evenings students were able to enjoy the local cuisine in an authentic Alsatian restaurant.

Mrs Tilley