The current state of Brexit negotiations was the topic of discussion at the latest Academic Scholar session.
Head of Economics Mike Farnell led the group on Tuesday, May 15, where he spoke about a wide range of different areas associated with the controversial subject.
Phase one of the session revolved around the divorce Bill and rights of the United Kingdom and European Union citizens, and whether this has progressed enough to begin the far trickier and possibly insolvable issues of whether to remain or leave the Customs union.
This has significant implications for trade with Europe on the one hand, while potentially harming the ability to negotiate externally on the other.
The group also explored the possible problem regarding an Irish border and what impact a hard or soft border has for trade and future peace. This is potentially an issue that could see the EU Parliament reject the proposal in the autumn.
The UK Parliament also has a right to debate the settlement and here positions are quite entrenched, so more fun and games and even a second referendum or snap General Election remain possibilities for later this year.
This is the latest in a series of sessions put on for each pupil that has been awarded an Academic Scholarship thanks to a successful application and assessment process, which has seen all departments at Rydal Penrhos contribute throughout the school year with a view to enhancing knowledge on a variety of different and interesting topics.