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My name is Callum, I am 14 years old.
I'm into skateboarding and action movies. I spend a lot of time out with my friends or just hanging around on my own.
I’m always getting angry and sometimes people are scared of me.
My Dad usually takes care of me, he’s at home a lot because he’s quite often unemployed.             

School debate

In school last week, we had a debate on whether the United Kingdom should stay in the European Union. From Monday to Thursday, all KS2 pupils had an opportunity to say what they think in class. Then on Friday, everyone from Year 3 to 6 voted.

I am going to try to explain Brexit as best as I can! Britain has been part of the European Union (EU) since 1975. The EU is like a club made up of 28 countries. The EU has not only placed laws on what the UK can and cannot do, but the UK also has to pay a lot of money to be part of the club. That’s why our previous Prime Minister, David Cameron, agreed that adults should be able to vote on whether we should leave or stay in the EU. Some people voted to leave because they want Britain to take back control of its borders and reduce the number of people coming here to work. Other people voted to stay because they think it's a good thing for people to be able to move from one country to another for work as there are lots of jobs linked to the EU.

Throughout last week, I read lots of articles on why we should stay, and why we should leave. We all had a chance to express our thoughts in class; it was one of the most interesting weeks of class we’ve had! Then on Friday, we voted… more than half the school voted to stay in the EU, for lots of different reasons.  I voted to stay because I kept thinking about all my friends, and their families, who come from other European countries and what might happen to them if we left. However, as you probably know, the UK decided to leave the EU. I was disappointed, but even though the result wasn't what I wanted, and my vote didn't count as I'm not old enough to vote for real yet,  I'm glad we learnt about the referendum at school. When I'm old enough, I'll know exactly what to do!

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