Gloucestershire Lib Dems call for a People's vote on the terms of Brexit

September 13, 2018 6:30 PM

/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/EU-Lib-Dem-logo-300x239.pngGloucestershire Liberal Democrats are bringing forward a motion, calling for Gloucestershire County Council to support a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal

  • The latest UK-wide poll showed 48 per cent in favour of a "People's Vote" compared to just 24 per cent opposed.
  • A YouGov poll in the South West found 42 per cent in favour of a vote on the deal compared to 35 per cent opposed. This jumped to 47 per cent vs 27 per cent should the Government fail to get a Brexit deal.
  • Studies show each Brexit scenario will leave Britain poorer, including the Chequers plan.
  • Both Airbus and Honda recently confirmed that Brexit is leading them to reconsider their investments in the region.

The motion, being proposed by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, notes the warnings from locally based international businesses about the impact on UK trade and investment and the potential impacts on Gloucestershire's citizens. It subsequently calls for the county council to agree that there should be a "People's Vote" on the terms of any Brexit deal, with the option for the British public to choose to remain a full member of the EU instead.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson and group leader (Bourton-on-the-Water & Northleach) said:

"It is increasingly clear that the promises made by the Leave campaign were baseless, and far from Brexit providing an injection of cash into Britain's public services, the government's own figures show that Brexit will leave all of us poorer.

"Meanwhile Theresa May is leading us closer and closer towards a catastrophic no-deal Brexit. At the same time revelations keep emerging on foreign interference in the referendum and illegal spending by the Leave campaign.

"The British public are increasingly demanding a vote on the terms of our departure from the EU. It is hoped that by adding this council's voice to the clamour, the Conservative Government will finally listen to the will of the people."