The People’s Vote campaign received another major boost today as the British Medical Association (BMA) voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion that includes supporting a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. The BMA represents 160,000 doctors across the country.
The motion, tabled at the BMA conference in Brighton, passed by 179 votes to 64. The BMA now join the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives as major NHS unions who have voted in favour of supporting a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.
Commenting, Dr Paul Williams MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign and a GP, said:
“The BMA’s overwhelming vote today to declare that Brexit is a ‘major threat to the NHS’ and to back a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal is a sign of the growing momentum behind the People’s Vote campaign.
“In doing so, they have joined the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives in demanding the public are given a say on any deal the Prime Minister brings back later this year.
“Nobody voted to damage the NHS in 2016, but already Brexit is causing severe problems in staff recruitment and retention. Instead of the £350 million a week for the NHS we were promised by the Brexiters, we have had cuts and closures as the NHS loses staff and struggles with budgets that are limited by the Brexit economic squeeze.
“If Brexit actually happens it seems certain it will only make things worse – with new drug treatments, investment in research and sustainable funding all under threat.
“The BMA, which represents 160,000 doctors in this country, knows all this better than anyone. Today’s vote is just the start of the campaign to highlight that our NHS needs a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”