The Conservative former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine will join Labour MP Jess Phillips at a massive People’s Vote ‘Let Us Be Heard’ rally in Birmingham tomorrow evening (Tuesday) alongside legendary football commentator Clive Tyldesley and a host of other speakers.
At the rally in the University of Birmingham’s Great Hall, they will declare that it would be a democratic outrage for Boris Johnson’s government to inflict a disastrous No Deal Brexit on Britain without the people having the final say.
That’s because cities like Birmingham and the whole of the West Midlands would be hit first and worst by a destructive No Deal which was barely even mentioned in the last referendum. Vital industries like the automotive sector, which supports thousands of jobs in the region, are already warning of an “existential threat”.
It is increasingly clear that the only way to deliver a lasting and legitimate solution to the Brexit crisis is to let all the people – not just a few Conservative Party members – have their voices heard through a final say referendum.
The People’s Vote campaign is organising a series of rallies across the UK, culminating in another huge march through central London on October 12. The full schedule of events can be seen here. But, on Tuesday evening, the people of Birmingham will get the chance to make their voices heard.
Lord Heseltine, the president of the European Movement and a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The battle over Brexit has divided Britain and traditional political loyalties as never before. When I speak at the latest People’s Vote rally in Birmingham I will have a message to all my fellow Conservatives: we should stick with our Conservative values and put the national interest first.
“I am a member of the Conservative Party and I intend to remain one. As we approach the end of the second decade of the 21st Century, there are millions of us, millions of British citizens, who are torn from loyalty to our party to a loyalty we feel is deeper and more profound. A loyalty to our country. To the United Kingdom. To the generation ahead.
“In places like Birmingham the legacy of our economic partnership with the EU can be seen in a thriving and regenerated city centre and the thousands of jobs provided by anchor employers like Jaguar Land Rover, Pirelli and Rolls Royce. Britain’s industrial revival of the 1980s and 1990s, of which I am proud to have played my part, was based on securing this country as a stable and responsible base for manufacturing at the heart of Europe, the world’s largest marketplace.”
Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, said:
“Boris Johnson, the new Prime Minister, has claimed his election by just over 90,000 people who happen to be members of the Conservative Party has given him a mandate to impose on the country the hardest possible form of Brexit or, even worse, a No Deal.
“But what he is planning is a million miles away from anything that was promised back in 2016 and that is why the Brexit debate has now essentially come down to one question: can he be allowed to get away with forcing his Brexit on Britain without us having any say?
“The next few months are set to be crucial. I promise to spend them working with MPs from across the House of Commons to ensure that we do not crash out of the EU without a deal and that any deal we do get is put to the British people in a referendum.
“In doing so I will have the interests of my constituents in Birmingham Yardley at heart – however they voted in 2016 I believe they have the right to the final say. It’s time to recognise the only way to end this crisis and establish a lasting settlement on Brexit is to put this crucial question back to the people. Let us be heard.”
Notes to editors:
Operational details of the event are here:
The People’s Vote campaign for a democratic solution to the Brexit crisis continues with another “Let Us Be Heard” rally in Birmingham next Tuesday evening (30 July).
Legendary football commentator Clive Tyldesley will compere the event, whilst speakers will include Birmingham Labour MP Jess Phillips and Conservative former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Michael Heseltine.
Speakers on our cross-party platform will include:
- Clive Tyldesley
- Jess Phillips MP
- Lord Michael Heseltine
- Phil Bennion, Liberal Democrat MEP
- Isi Daley, For Our Future’s Sake (FFS) activist
- Mitch Benn, comedian and writer
- Ellie Chowns, Green Party MEP
Additional speakers TBC
Tuesday 30th July 2019
1730: Doors open
1830: Speeches scheduled to start
1930: Event scheduled to finish
The Great Hall
University of Birmingham
- Interviews with speakers will be available on request. We will try to facilitate all requests but cannot guarantee availability.
- Speeches will be made available where possible.
A link to the Eventbrite page for the event is here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peoples-vote-birmingham-west-midlands-rally-tickets-64669123088