A HUSTINGS held in Newport to debate Brexit and the EU was only attended by two of the Isle of Wight's six candidates.

The Green Party's Vix Lowthion and Independent Daryll Pitcher, who announced he would run on a Brexit ticket after the Brexit Party pulled its candidates from Conservative constituencies, went head to head at the Riverside Centre on Wednesday last week.

Speaking about a Brexit deal, Mr Pitcher said: "The Johnson treaty is just a reheated version of May's treaty with the EU."

Ms Lowthion said: "This isn't just about Brexit, it's about our schools, our NHS and our environment.

"But if it has to be about Brexit then, to me, the EU is the greatest peace project ever devised.

"To walk away from the EU is to walk away from peace."

Mr Pitcher said he was against a second referendum.

He said: "However, if we must have one, I think the options have to be between a deal and no deal.

"We've already decided we are leaving."

Ms Lowthion said: "I am completely for a second referendum. In fact, I have marched with people across the country to get that."

In her closing argument, she said: "Our electoral system is not fit for purpose and we need a much more diverse selection of voices in parliament right now.

"I would urge that we need a new person in there, we need a new MP and I hope that you would vote for me."

Mr Pitcher said: "It is, at the end of the day, about Britain. It's about sovereignty, it's about independence.

"If you can't actually make your own laws, if you cant actually make a difference, that's no life, that's no country."

The Isle of Wight's biggest official hustings event, hosted by the Isle of Wight County Press and Isle of Wight Radio, will be held at Cowes Enterprise College, at 7pm on December 5. Free tickets are available from the CP and Isle of Wight Radio offices.

Other hustings events taking place include a youth event at The Bay School, Sandown, this afternoon (Wednesday), one on housing, transport and sustainable development at the Church on the Roundabout, Newport, at 7pm tomorrow (Thursday), and one at Newport Congregational Church, at 7pm on Monday, focused on the Island’s biosphere status, the climate and future economy.


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