Friday 5 July 2019 - People's Vote

Friday 5 July 2019

Morning Briefing: Use our ballot paper to have your say

The ballot papers have gone out to 160,000 Conservative members – just 0.25% of the population - but what about everyone else who would like a say over Brexit and the future of our country?

Now you can make your views known. We are giving you the chance to send your ballot paper to the Conservative Party and demand a People’s Vote. Click here to print off the ballot paper and send it to the Conservative Party campaign HQ. It is time to Let Us Be Heard.

Panic setting in for two main parties as voters reject their Brexit positions

Panic is setting in for the Conservative and Labour parties as the harsh realities of their bogus Brexit positions are hitting home.

Yesterday’s Times/YouGov poll demonstrated the clear challenge for the main parties: the Brexit Party are neck and neck with the Conservatives, panicking the leadership contestants into endorsing a destructive No Deal. And Labour has dropped to fourth with a derisory 18% support, behind the Lib Dems who are in third.

The answer for Eurosceptic hardliner Steve Baker is to demand that Boris Johnson forms an electoral pact with Nigel Farage in a bid to face-off Conservative MPs willing to block No Deal.

It is certainly plausible that discussions are going on behind the scenes to facilitate a right-wing alliance as it was revealed that former UKIP donor and Mayfair nightclub owner Robin Birley made a £20,000 donation to Boris Johnson.

The donation follows a report in the Daily Mail that Priti Patel MP, a member of Boris Johnson’s team, met with Nigel Farage, Arron Banks and DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr. at Birley’s 5 Hertford Street club to discuss the prospect of an electoral pact.

For Labour, Deputy Leader Tom Watson ramped up the pressure on Jeremy Corbyn by calling for grassroots members to sign a declaration that the party should become not only one backing a final say referendum but also committed to staying in Europe.

Watson, along with other senior Shadow Cabinet figures like Emily Thornberry, Keir Starmer and John McDonnell are getting ever bolder in speaking up for the overwhelming majority of Labour members and voters on Brexit.

The question now is whether Jeremy Corbyn can bring himself to do so too before the summer recess. It is time, really, to draw a line in the sand.

In the Commons corridors and tea-rooms, there is open discussion about cross-party voting mechanisms to both block No Deal – and for the Conservatives combat a potential no-confidence vote in a new government.

Chancellor Philip Hammond today warns the next prime minister against trying to force No Deal through and told the BBC's Nick Robinson the Commons won't be sidelined.

The stakes are getting higher and with Boris Johnson and his rival Jeremy Hunt embracing a disastrous route to No Deal, it is time to Let Us Be Heard.

Theresa May's new "red line": the Good Friday Agreement and Irish peace

Theresa May argued that a No Deal delivered by her successor would have “undoubted consequences” for the future of the UK in her speech in Stirling yesterday.

Crucial was her emphasis on the threat to the Good Friday Agreement and 21 years of progress from a catastrophic No Deal that failed to solve the Irish border issue.

She didn’t give any advice on fixing the backstop challenge, but said: “There can and must be no false choice between honouring the solemn commitments of the (Good Friday) agreement and delivering on the decision of the British people in the EU referendum."

As observers speculate on Mrs May’s role once she returns to the backbenches, it seems clear that one of her new “red lines” may be calling out the vital importance of reality over Northern Ireland rather than accept the fantasy non-existent technology “solutions” of Johnson and Hunt.

Let Us Be Heard in Sunderland on Sunday

Sunderland holds great symbolic significance in the Brexit timeline as the first area to declare for Brexit on that long night in June 2016. But no-one in Sunderland voted for the destructive No Deal that the Conservative candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are espousing.

On Sunday, People’s Vote North give the citizens of this great north east city the chance to Let Us Be Heard with our rally at the Beacon of Light.

Speakers at the rally will include Sunderland Labour MP Bridget Phillipson, comedian and writer Mitch Benn, Labour MP David Lammy, local campaigner Louise Brown, former Conservative MP Neil Carmichael, local businessman Paul Callaghan.

For your tickets, click here.

In just 100 days, on October 12, be prepared for our biggest London march on Parliament yet. Coaches are already being arranged by local groups, including Valleys for Europe who have three coaches available from South Wales. Tickets for these coaches are available here.


It's clear that Brexit must be put to the people. Now is a crucial time to get involved with the People's Vote campaign. Sign up to volunteer today. 

Quote of the Day

"We all want to end this nightmare for our country and, whether you want Brexit to go ahead or would prefer to stay in, the only way to unlock the political impasse, secure a stable majority in Parliament and legitimise the outcome is to let the people have the final say. Join us at Sunday’s rally. It’s time to make our voice heard."

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott urges North East People's Vote supporters to come to our rally on Sunday.

Video of the Day  

Former business minister Richard Harrington MP calls out the impact of No Deal.

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People's Vote campaign news

We are continuing to reach out and engage with people in our local communities about Brexit and a People’s Vote and this weekend the local campaign group in St Albans will be out and about on the doorsteps in their local community listening to people about the local issues they care about and finding out what they think should be done to break the Brexit deadlock.

Local groups will also be putting on a number of other events this weekend, including street stalls in Perranporth, Romsey, Sleaford and Bradford, and a community meeting to set up a new local campaign group in Denbighshire. You can join any of these events and more here.

And join LGBT+ for a People's Vote who will be campaigning at Pride in London.

More Brexit news

Johnson urged to form electoral pact with Farage (Times)

Tom Watson in pro-remain challenge to Jeremy Corbyn (PoliticsHome)

Johnson's campaign funded by billionaires behind development he approved as mayor (Mirror)

Farage donor Robin Birley puts money behind Johnson (Times)

Philip Hammond: Proroguing Parliament would be "shocking" (BBC News)

Top Brexit comment...

Julie Elliott: Why now is the time for Sunderland to back a People's Vote (Sunderland Echo)

Aleisha Stansfield: Places like Sunderland may have voted for Brexit, but no-one voted for this (New European)