A CAMPAIGN group pushing for a people’s vote on the final Brexit deal has set up in Andover.

North Hampshire for Europe hosts members from across the North West Hampshire, Basingstoke and North East Hampshire constituencies with the hope to persuade local MPs that people deserve a say in any deal reached with the European Union.

Andover members Ray Bryant and Len Gates met with Kit Malthouse MP on June 22 to press their case.

Len, who is also a councillor at Andover Town Council, said: “The referendum was marred by disinformation and scaremongering on both sides.

“In the interests of true democracy, there must be a meaningful second vote, both in Parliament and in the country as a whole, on the terms of our future relationship with the EU.”

The group also took to the streets of London on June 23 in a march demanding a ‘People’s Vote’.

Ray added: “We accept we will never persuade some MPs to become pro-Europe but we need to understand just how far they will go before they put an end to this controversial Brexit experiment.”

Mr Malthouse said he was happy to meet with the representatives at his surgery in the town, and there was a “lively exchange of views”.

He also said while not everybody voted to leave the EU, democracy must be respected.

In his Advertiser column last month, Mr Malthouse wrote: “The fact remains that a deal is in the interests of both sides and we should all now stand behind the prime minister and her negotiating team, imbuing them with the strength and fortitude that is our hallmark as a nation.”

The group has posed four questions to the North West Hampshire MP and await a formal response regarding the rights of EU citizens to be respected and the need for a People’s Vote.

They also wanted answers over their view that free-trade agreements will be less valuable to the UK than being an EU member, and that the union is better placed to secure trade deals than the UK on its own.

The group said it will soon campaign actively in Andover. For more, email northhampshireforeurope@gmail.com.