15th April has been announced as the date for the long-awaited, Brexit: The Town Hall Meeting, to be held in Bishop Auckland at 7pm. It will be the first opportunity for the public to express their views since the special EU Council meeting (10-11 April), which will confirm Britain’s long-term future relationship with Europe.

John Elliott, Chairman of Ebac, who started work as a 15 year old apprentice 60 years ago, recently challenged Helen Goodman MP to publicly discuss her views on leaving the European Union. He is organising the event at Bishop Auckland Town Hall to give the public a chance to grill the experts.

The evening will include speeches from high profile regional figures with specific views on the Brexit issue, from revoking Article 50, to “no deal”. A panel discussion and questions from the audience will follow.

John Elliott, commented: “I’ve never been party political but I’ve campaigned for years to have a sensible industrial strategy. Looking at the debacle in Westminster, it’s clear why we don’t have a sensible strategy. 90% of politicians are clueless, lacking ambition and vision, they are simply fighting tooth and nail to maintain the status quo because it suits them personally.

“I’m sure the event on 15 April will provide an interesting and stimulating discussion for the people of Bishop Auckland and surrounds to hear a range of views.”

Speakers and panelists invited include, Anne Elliott (Latimer Hinks), Trevor Honeyman (Honeyman Group), John Elliott (Ebac), Claire Preston (Tees Business Woman of the Year) and representatives from each of the main political parties.

John, whose company is the only UK maker of washing machines, is an ardent supporter of British manufacturing. Despite two thirds of the company’s exports going to the European Union, John is a passionate advocate of “leave”.

Brexit: The Town Hall Meeting, will be held at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Monday 15 April.

Attendance is free but by ticket only. Tickets can be booked in advance from: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brexit-the-town-hall-meeting-tickets-59827683211?fbclid=IwAR2gqJZXq1rML5SsB4EtYC9mDsxivo8YzIA24TqVB4YMVI93ttIrw65Cvts

Doors open 6:30pm for a prompt 7pm start. The event will be live streamed on the internet.