Public meeting in Laxfield on EU debate is held

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A public meeting held in Laxfield aiming to inform people about the pros and cons of leaving the European Union drew a crowd of 35 people last month.

Mark Tinney paid out of his own pocket to host the event, which had invited people from either side to speak, in order to present information ahead of the referendum which will be held on June 23.

Issues raised on the night included farming and the economy, as well as immigration and enlargement of the EU, while a member of UKIP also spoke at the event.

Mr Tinney, who told the Diss Express he supports the ‘Leave’ campaign after much research, said: “The turnout was a bit fewer than I had hoped for but it did seem to arouse quite a bit of interest in the audience, we had a lot of questions.

“We covered a lot of ground, some of the feedback was quite positive. Nevertheless those who responded said they thought it was a useful exercise and I’m glad I did it.

“Whether I would do it again considering the level of response is debatable.”

He continued: “To me, democracy and sovereignty trumps everything.

“My feeling is we would be better off out of the EU.

“That is a result of a lot of research over a long period of time and I think the evidence points towards that.”