Brexit proved a hot topic for HND Public Services students when they were visited by the MEP for the South West.
Molly Cato met with first and second year students at Wiltshire College & University Centre’s Chippenham campus to talk about European politics as part of their unit on Government and Politics in the Public Services.
She also gave an up-to-date report on Brexit negotiations from a Green Party perspective.
Lecturer Will Stallard said: “We are very grateful to Molly visiting our student and providing such a clear and helpful insight into the working of the European Union, and especially her role in the European Parliament.
“All this information is and will continue to be useful to my students not just for their general awareness of the European Union but also for their assessments.”
Becca Denton, aged 22, is a second year HND student.
She said: “Molly was very engaging throughout the discussing and if people had been educated as to what European parliament roles and responsibilities entailed, I think people
would have voted very differently in the referendum.”
Molly also discussed about how tuition fees being the highest in the UK than anywhere else in the world.
Isla Henderson, 19, said: “It was worrying to hear about how high tuition fees are in Britain, compared to everywhere else in the world.”
Molly is an economist and writer, who has been a green campaigner all of her adult life.
She studied politics and economics at Oxford University and later gained a doctorate in economics from Aberystwyth.
Molly, who has three grown up children, was elected as Green MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar in May 2014 and has been campaigning hard for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.
She said: “It is really important for people who work or will be working in the public services to get a sense of and understand how the EU works and the outcome of Brexit is important for their futures.
“I was really pleased to be able to come and speak with the students and enjoyed answering any questions they had.”