Essay competition winners George and Jessica visit the European Parliament

Last week, Sajjad had two young constituents in his Parliamentary office in Brussels gaining a week’s work experience. Jessica Keenan from Westholme School in Blackburn and George Marston from Nelson and Colne College, which Sajjad attended himself, had both won essay competitions, to gain this unique insight into the European Parliament.

As this was the first week in the Parliament post the Referendum outcome, the week had some additional dimensions to that originally planned. Given the uncertainty and unexpectedness surrounding the Brexit outcome, it was certainly an interesting week to be in Brussels.

An Extraordinary Plenary session was called for Tuesday, so that Members could discuss the British peoples’ decision to Vote Leave, which proved to be a very interesting meeting indeed.

The two students got to see the European Parliament in full-swing, with various important figures contributing to the debate, including the Commissioner President, Jean Claude-Juncker & Nigel Farage – the now ex UKIP leader being as controversial in his choice of words as ever.

George and Jessica also worked on some useful research as to what Britain's new relationship with Europe could look like in the very near future.


Saj hopes they enjoyed their week in Brussels, which proved to be an historic week and unlike any other week in the European Parliament.