MORE than over 100 pro-EU supporters listened to speeches on Europe, events in Westminster and on Brexit protest activities at a meeting at the United Reform Church in Jewry Street, Winchester.

Lord Adonis, a Labour peer and former transport minister under Tony Blair, gave an insight to the turbulent events in Westminster and the efforts to defend the UK’s Parliamentary Democracy.

His 30 minutes’ speech was warmly received and provoked many questions on what may happen under various political developments.

John Andrews is a local author and journalist and remains a contributing editor for The Economist. He talked about “where did we go wrong with Brexit?”

Over the years, the media clearly played a major role, and the succession of governments did not see the EU as a force for good, but some fault also lies with the EU. However, he argued that Britain would do better to lead from within rather than turn our back on achievements of the last 45 years.

Dr Monica Horton of Grassroots for Europe spoke about the warm reception her group received from the European commissioners and officials, and the need for the various groups to work together to defeat Brexit.

All three speakers endorsed the need for another vote, be it a referendum or the General Election or both. Hampshire European Movement are holding another march next Saturday September 21, in Winchester (The Museum, 12noon) to demand such a vote, and to Reject Brexit.

Miles Fuchs, of Hampshire European Movement, added: “This rally was the third HEM event in as many weeks. It shows the strength of feeling of Winchester and Hampshire residents, Brexit will harm all of us economically but the long term effect of diminished standing of Britain in the world will only be seen by our children and grandchildren.”