To say Western European Model European Parliament (WEMEP) is an experience like no other would be an understatement. Each of the six core delegations; The Netherlands, UK, Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg had 10 members (or delegates) while the two guest delegations of Spain and Turkey were restricted to five delegates. The UK delegation, consisted entirely of GWC pupils.
Surrounded by the international hubbub we delved into the unfamiliar procedures of Model European Parliament in the city of The Hague, commencing with a speech by the head of the delegation addressing the ‘elephant in the room’, Brexit.
Following this we separated into our first committee meetings. Each committee had a different topic to create a resolution on which were; the migrant crisis, nuclear power plants, terrorism, and youth unemployment, all of which are very topical in the European Parliament at the moment. All of the committees became close quickly, even with their presidents, and the UK delegates were certainly at the forefront of those friendships. It was these friendships that helped our delegation in the other cultural events planned for the delegates such as the intercultural evening.
On the final day during the General Assembly, the UK’s debating skills were put to the test. As a delegation we rivalled the likes of the Netherlands as the delegation with the most speeches delegated by the committee and in the number of points we made throughout the debates.
Overall WEMEP was an amazing experience for all of us.
Abigail Thorley (S6)