Scottish students to tackle EU membership in debate tournament

Pupils from schools across Scotland are getting ready to debate the pros and cons of EU membership in the opening rounds of the Law Society of Scotland’s annual debating tournament.

The Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament will see 128 teams from 97 Scottish schools, including the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway put their powers of persuasion to the test when they debate the motion ‘This House believes the UK should leave the EU’. As it enters its 15th year, the competition is the biggest school debating tournament in Scotland, with 22 schools entering for the first time this year.

Heather McKendrick, Careers and Outreach Manager at the Law Society said: “It’s really encouraging to see so many schools entering teams in tournament this year and we’re delighted to have 22 schools entering for the first time.

“Debating can be great fun as well as helping pupils learn how build convincing arguments and give them a voice to express their views and opinions.

“In the run up to the referendum, young people in Scotland showed great democratic awareness and interest. The motion for the opening rounds of this year’s tournament will see the students tackling the issue of EU membership and hopefully we’ll see that level of engagement continue.”

The Law Society awards the first prize of £1,000 and the top two teams will share educational books to the value of £500 donated by the event sponsor, Hodder Gibson.

The opening rounds take place on 20, 26 November and 4 December.