At the outset the Chairman, Mark Boden, announced to a packed room that the MP Claire Perry had been invited but was not in attendance. [1, 2]
Molly Scott Cato  skilfully unpicked her way through a complex web of dogma, deceit and financial ambition that had been woven and communicated through the media over many years that was progressing towards its ominous vision of a transpacific partnership with former British colonies espousing a US model in Trump’s image. The Bad Boys of Brexit, as Aaron Banks the Brexiters’ financier styled their brand of politics, had roundly rejected the EU with its high standards of environmental and workers’ protection. They sold the country a ‘wild west’ vision that ignored people’s safety, and irresponsibly gambled with our nation’s future. People were not informed about the personal and disastrous impacts that leaving the EU would have.
Brexit promises are being exposed as illusory and people are waking up and changing their minds. She told the packed Assembly Room:
“If the country has changed its mind, we need to tell our representatives. They will feel the pressure even if they do not read every single letter.”
Andrew Adonis was quite categorical that the country is in no way better off leaving the European Union on Mrs May’s highly convoluted terms than remaining, a position that the Brexiters themselves accepted including Dominic Raab who negotiated the deal with the Prime Minster. 
“It was like conducting a citizen’s arrest on yourself”
Adonis banished all thoughts of an option for a No Deal. This was a scare story to support Theresa May’s deal. Lord Adonis reflected on Claire Perry’s silence on Brexit, and pronounced her worried about what was happening inside her local Conservative Party
“instead of doing what she should be doing: representing the people in this packed hall on a Friday night on a winter’s evening on the most fundamental issue that is going to affect this community in this generation and the entire country.”
To much amusement, Lord Adonis recounted a sixth former at a recent event telling him that she liked the idea of a People’s Vote because she did not relish the thought of being shut up on an island with Jacob Rees Mogg, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson.
Molly Scott Cato successfully traced the complex subject of the origins of Brexit and the personalities behind in a comprehensive way. Her slides and talk were based on her two websites Bad Boys of Brexit: Who is taking back control? And The Brexit Syndicate.
Both speakers concluded that the best deal we have is the one we have inside the European Union. There were four reasons for remaining:
- We mustn’t crash the economy and jobs,
- We need to retain Freedom of Movement,
- We need to keep an open border in Ireland, and
- We need to remember that the EU was founded as a peace project.”
The reason we needed a People’s Vote was because MPs were not doing the job that they were elected to do which is why the people should take the decision themselves now that we know the terms. There would need to be a short extension to the Article 50 which he felt was achievable.
The audience was moved by Hugh Norris who had voted leave but deeply regretted doing so having been an open-minded listener of the news and the promises leading up to the referendum. He felt he had been sold a false prospectus and knew the will of the people was changing having set up an organisation for people like him, feeling that he caused the dire position. He asked people to reach out to other leavers who were having doubts or avoiding the subject. “Sell the benefits” was his urgent message. 
- The event was organised by Devizes for EU The YouTube recording includes Molly Scott Cato’s slides.
- The evening was chaired by Mark Boden, former CEO of Kennet District Council who had returned to Wiltshire to retire.
- Molly Scott Cato, is an economist and Green Party MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, is author of two websites: Bad Boys of Brexit – who is taking back control? and The Brexit Syndicate – exposed.
- Andrew Adonis, Labour peer and former cabinet minister, is currently working towards a People’s Vote.
- Hugh Norris lives in Marlborough and has set up an organisation called Remainer Now.