Confusion at FXU AGM as People’s Vote motion withdrawn

Written by Kira Taylor |


Which way shall we go? | Credit: Carl Bjorkman


A push to mandate FXU to support the “People’s Vote” was dropped at the last minute, because not enough students turned up to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday. 


Only thirty-six students attended the AGM on Wednesday, less than the fifty minimum needed to make any motions binding.


The motion, seconded by twelve students, was tabled in the hope that more students would come and vote on the proposal. If it had been passed, it would have mandated Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union (FXU) to support the movement’s various activities: it would mean FXU would start lobbying the local MP Sarah Newton, and it would persuade elected presidents to campaign for a second referendum on EU membership. FXU’s support for the campaign would have brought it in line with the National Union of Students (NUS). 

The motion was tabled because of fears that students will lose out as a result of the current Brexit deal. 

Kurt Lewis, one of the students who originally put forward the motion, abstained from proposing it at the AGM when it was clear that there were not enough students in the room. Many attendees who had expected a debate on the issue were visibly disappointed. 

However, Lewis said that he believed all three political societies are planning to come together to vote to facilitate a referendum of all students on the issue, to push for official FXU support. 

George Williams, who tabled a counter motion, said it was a good motion, but wrong in practice. “I think we now have an opportunity to work together to do something better.

“I know that they’ll keep fighting for the People’s Vote Campaign, and I hope they’ll now agree with me that the best way to do so is through a campus-wide referendum.”