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Campaigners to hold rally for a People’s Vote in Cambridge on Brexit as new research finds bills rocket due to “Brexit bump”

The campaign for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal is to hold a rally for hundreds of people in Cambridge this Saturday as new research has found people living across East of England are already feeling the damaging impact of Brexit - with household bills up by nearly £500 since the 2016 EU Referendum.  

The authoritative new research by the People’s Vote campaign shows that families in the region are feeling the pinch because of the falling value of the pound -- largely due to Brexit. The lower pound makes imported goods more expensive and drives up inflation. This means average household bills in the East of England are up by £473 a year due to Brexit – more than the national average.

Figures show that prices of everyday goods have increased since the 2016 referendum, while an uncertain Brexit has meant that inflation in the UK has been much higher than in other Eurozone countries, fuelling the significant increase in the cost of living.

Every household in the East of England has already seen their bills rocket by £473 a year since the EU Referendum – higher than the UK average. Meanwhile every-day goods such as sliced bread, milk and butter have all seen big price increases in the last two years, hitting families in their pockets. In June 2016, the price of 250g of butter averaged £1.36 - it now costs £1.79 - an increase of 43p. Coffee has seen a 26p increase for a 227g bag. Bread has seen a 4.5% price increase (6p per loaf). Sausages are up 45p a kilo. And salmon fillets have gone up a whopping £2.81 per kilo.

The research comes ahead of a rally to be held in Cambridge this Sunday 2 September calling for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. Hundreds of people from all walks of life have already signed up to the event which is being held at Cambridge Junction and starts at 1430.

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge will join comedian Mitch Benn and former Secretary of State for Transport Lord Adonis in calling for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.

They are expected to tell a capacity crowd that Brexit is a bad deal which is being dumped on the doorsteps of people across the East of England, but that people can take back control by demanding a People’s Vote on the final deal.

Also among the speakers announced today are young activists campaigning for a People’s Vote including Norfolk-based activist Chloe Donovan and Amatey Doku, the Vice President Higher Education of the National Union of Students (NUS). 

 

Chloe Donovan, For our Future’s Sake supporter and Norfolk activist said:

“The East of England has long been a powerhouse for the country’s economy, with our strong industrial heritage and proud farming communities.

“But these figures show the damaging effect Brexit is already having on our region - hitting everyone’s pockets, hard, and we haven’t even left the EU yet. Uncertainty and the risk of no-deal or a bad deal is already having an impact on our economy.

"Despite commitments to increase funds for the NHS and maintain current funding levels for agriculture, the plans for how this will be achieved are yet to materialise. Instead we’re in limbo whilst seeing tighter budgets and less money in our pockets.

“That’s why I’m speaking in Cambridge this Sunday to demand a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”

 

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Some examples of products which have gone up in price since the EU referendum are listed in the table below. They were not used to calculate the top line figures but illustrate the impact of inflation on people’s weekly shop.

 

 

Food

Jun-16

Jun-18

Change

Bread, white sliced loaf 800g

0.99

1.05

0.06

Sausages, per kg

4.52

4.97

0.45

Ham, per 113g

1.69

1.79

0.1

Milk, per pint

0.43

0.44

0.01

Cheddar KG

7.16

7.3

0.14

Butter, 250g

1.36

1.79

0.43

Apples, per kg

1.98

2.11

0.13

Bananas, per kg

0.85

0.93

0.08

Tomatoes, per kg

2.01

2.16

0.15

Lettuce, iceberg, each

0.51

0.58

0.07

Bacon, per kg

6.52

6.55

0.03

Sugar, granulated, per kg

0.61

0.73

0.12

Teabags, per 205g

1.93

2

0.07

Wine, per 175ml glass

3.6

3.81

0.21

Broccoli

1.41

1.7

0.29

Bacon, per kg

6.52

6.55

0.03

Coffee, ground per 227g

2.77

3.03

0.26

 

Notes to editors

  1. More  details of the People’s Vote rally be held in Cambridge on Sunday 2nd September can be found here:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/east-of-england-peoples-vote-campaign-launch-tickets-48027220710 
  2. Between June 2016 and June 2018, inflation in the UK has meant that prices went up by 4.959%, meaning that we all pay more for our goods (source 1, source 2 – ONS).
  3. Inflation has been much higher in the UK than in the Eurozone. Researchers from Open Britain have used Eurozone inflation in the last 2 years as an estimate for the level Britain would have experienced had we voted to remain. The difference between British and Eurozone inflation is multiplied by the average household expenditure for each UK region (source - ONS), giving people a figure for how much Brexit is costing them so far. This is on top of any Brexit effects on GDP, which has also been negatively affected by Brexit.

 

Region

Household expenditure (weekly)

Household expenditure (yearly)

Extra Household Expenditure (yearly) BREXIT

Extra HE (yearly)
NO BREXIT**

Brexit Cost (yearly)

East

£558

£29,021

£1,439

£966

£473

UK

£537

£27,914

£1,384

£930

£455

 

**NO BREXIT estimate is based on total Eurozone inflation since June 2016 (3.33%)

(source 1, source 2)

  1. Speakers at the East of England People’s Vote rally will include:   
  • Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge
  • Mitch Benn, Comedian
  • Andrew Adonis, Labour Peer and former Secretary of State for Transport 
  • Chloe Donovan, For our Futures Sake supporter
  • Amatey Doku. Vice President Higher Education of the National Union of Students