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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

MPs back Lib Dems call for a People's vote on Brexit

June 8, 2018 8:16 AM
By Bryan Lewis
Originally published by City of Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake has tabled an amendment - 19a - to the EU Withdrawal Bill that to ensure that the people, not politicians, get the final say on the Brexit deal and the opportunity to exit from Brexit.

Labour MP Owen Smith, Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards and Green MP Caroline Lucas are among the MPs backing the Lib Dems' amendment.

Owen Smith backs Amd 19a

Just when Britain needs bold, decisive leadership we have May and Corbyn. Weak and incompetent on the one hand, cynical and narrow-minded on the other.

The enormous complexities of Brexit were in part unforeseeable. Although, it is the politicians' job to know that there would be unknown unknowns.

If we are still unravelling all those complexities, how can anyone claim that the British public knew what they were voting for on June 23, 2016? If the combined forces of the government and the opposition almost two years on from the vote, cannot decide what Brexit means, how can they pretend they have a meaningful mandate at all?

It isn't elitist to suggest that the British public were ignorant of the issues when they voted in 2016. Empty-headed claims that everyone knew what they voted for are just that. Nobody knew what they were voting for. Which is why now, after two years of fierce debate, the time is right for an informed vote. A second referendum, a People's Vote, a referendum on the deal is the only way to bring this country back together.

Now that we've all been exposed the realities of Brexit, we should all be given a chance to vote again. Win or lose, this is a decision we could all accept. And finally move on to get on with the rest of our lives.