Two prominent MPs debated the EU Referendum at Rickmansworth School last night.

South West Hertfordshire MP David Gauke and Eurosceptic MP for Hitchin and Harpenden Peter Lilley clashed about Thursday’s vote at All Saints Church, Croxley Green, on Tuesday.

The audience, made up of sixth formers, put questions to both MPs and assessed the potential economic, social and political impact of Brexit.

A straw poll taken before and after the discussion showed that while a majority of students were in favour of staying in the EU, there was some movement towards to Leave side.

Assistant headteacher Chris Hambleton from Rickmansworth School said: “We were delighted to have David Gauke, our local MP and Peter Lilley MP for Hitchin and Harpenden attended our EU Referendum debate.

“Their presence was very much appreciated by our year 12 students who learnt a great deal regarding this very important matter.”

Henry Hindley, head boy at the school, added: “It was a very respectful debate, filled with some inquisitive questions and powerful thought-provoking answers; one that I’m sure has made many students reconsider their initial opinion.”