“As of last week, Theresa May now has until the 31st October to pass a deal for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Some believe this extension should be used to call a general election- giving the winner a renewed mandate to negotiate a deal and break the deadlock parliament currently finds itself in. Others believe this would further exacerbate the problems.”
“On Wednesday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid wrote to the family of Shamima Begum- a teenager who travelled from London to Syria in 2015 to join ISIS. In this letter, Javid announced that he had decided to revoke their daughter’s citizenship- stating that the nineteen year old’s Bangladeshi heritage means she can apply for citizenship their… The question that remains is whether Javid made the right decision.”
“In February 2018, MP’s voted to leave the Palace of Westminster while it undergoes renovation- begging the question, where should MPs go? As it stands, the Commons would move to Richmond House on Whitehall and the Lords would move to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. However, this vote triggered calls for a move not simply out of Parliament, but rather- out of London.” Lyell Tweed and Samuel Rhydderch debate.
“An investigation is underway into post 18 education, with speculation that some degrees could be cut to £6,500, whilst others, namely science, could be raised. Recent conversations have also focussed on the increasingly high pay of vice chancellors and other senior staff. Given the fact that UK universities are the most expensive in Europe, the question of abolishing tuition fees is never too far from the surface.”
“Trident came into the UK’s possession in the early 1980’s as a replacement for the Polaris missile system; it consists of submarines, missiles and warheads. The logic behind this is to deter a nuclear attack on the UK due to the threat of mutually assured destruction.” Sam Jacobsen and Joe Monk go Head to Head.
“Following the EU referendum in 2016, in which Scotland voted to Remain, SNP leader Nichola Sturgeon stated that a second independence referendum was “highly likely”. More recently, the party revealed they could support a second referendum on Brexit providing it was tied to another vote on Scottish independence.” Sam Jacobsen and Joe Monk go head to head.
‘Faltering talks with Brussels and concerns over the final outcome have given impetus to calls for a People’s Vote; a final say on the terms of the the Brexit deal, including a no deal. On Saturday, supporters will attend a ‘March for the Future’ in London to push for a second referendum. So, what are the arguments for and against a ‘People’s Vote’ and which side are you on?’ Ethan Moxam and George Royce go head to head.
Universal Basic Income (UBI), a policy whereby every individual receives a non-conditional flat-rate payment, is a divisive topic; it has been trialled in places as diverse as the US, Kenya, Scotland and Finland. Whilst some see it as the solution to, among other things, a broken and dysfunctional welfare system, others strongly oppose the idea. Founder of Labour Basic Income, George Ablett, and TalkPolitics Campaign Agent, Lyell Tweed, go head to head on the issue.
The negotiations over North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics has broken two years of diplomatic stalemate. Where do you stand on the issue of sports diplomacy? Is it effective? Read he arguments and vote in the poll.
What do you think is the best strategy for Brexit? Darren Grimes and Eric Kostadinov debate it here.