THE public grilled Brexit experts at a meeting in Bishop Auckland on Monday night.

John Elliott, chairman of Ebac, organised the sold out all-ticket event, 'Brexit: The Town Hall Meeting' at Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

Mr Elliott is a passionate advocate of 'leave', despite two thirds of Ebac's exports going to the European Union. 

The evening included speeches from regional figures with specific views on the Brexit issue, from revoking Article 50, to no deal.

A panel discussion and questions from the audience followed.

Speaking before the event, John Elliott, said: "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 will provide an interesting and stimulating discussion for the people of Bishop Auckland and surrounds to hear a range of views."

John Elliott, Ebac
Dehenna Davison-Fareham, Conservative candidate for Bishop Auckland
Councillor Greg Stone, Liberal Democrat, Newcastle City Council

Trevor Honeyman (Honeyman Group)
Anne Elliott (Latimer Hinks)
Claire Preston (Tees Business Woman of the Year)