The People’s Vote campaign today is signalling the start of another wave of mass mobilisation in favour of the public having the final say on Brexit.
Launching the “Only Way Forward” (https://demandpeoples.vote) tool across social media, the campaign is aiming to double the number of letters and messages written to MPs by constituents in the coming weeks.
Since the October 20 People’s Vote March for the Future, a total of more than 150,000 letters, postcards and emails have been sent to MPs demanding that they oppose the Government’s Brexit deal and hand the final decision back to the public. This concerted act of popular protest has been a key factor in persuading MPs to come out against the Brexit deal.
The new site aims to make this lobby of MPs even more effective by allowing constituents to post personal video messages to MPs .
The campaign is also launching a new viral video (https://twitter.com/peoplesvote_uk/status/1074670242721357825) with the message that “it’s not too late on Brexit” for the public to take back control of the process and demand a People’s Vote.
The video, shot by award-winning director Simon Hunter, makes an explicit comparison between the risks of buying a house unseen and the Brexit deal that delivers the exact opposite of what was promised: the UK would lose all its rights as an EU member – with less trade, fewer opportunities and lower living standards – while suffering the biggest loss of sovereignty and control in British history.
Jason Arthur, co-founder of student campaign For our Future’s Sake (FFS), part of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“What has changed since 2016 is that we now know so much more about what leaving the EU would mean. This government’s proposed deal has exposed that what was promised in the last referendum can never be delivered, that leaving is a much worse deal than the deal we’ve already got inside the EU, and it would means Brexit will go on forever because all the big questions would still be to be resolved.
“Our campaign has grown in strength because whichever way you voted two years ago, nobody voted for a deal that makes you poorer and offers less control. Brexit campaigners promised we would continue to enjoy ‘the exact same benefits’ of being in the EU, while ‘taking back control’. But this deal shows these promises will be broken – not because the Government won’t keep them - but because they can’t be kept; no one can keep promises that are contradictory.
“The Prime Minister’s decision today to use her Commons statement to attack our campaign is a sign of how much pressure MPs are now under from the people to give us back control of our future. The demand for a People’s Vote is growing louder and louder because it is the only way forward for both Parliament and the public.”
The People’s Vote campaign has set records for the size and scale of its mobilisations since its launch on 15 April:
- Over 100,000 marched in London in June
- Tens of thousands at a series of regional rallies across the UK during a “Summer of Action”
- 700,000 protesting in London in October – the biggest demonstration in London for 15 years
- Over 150,000 letters, postcards and emails subsequently sent to MPs using resources provided by the campaign.
Commenting, David Lammy MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The voice of the people – demanding the final say on Brexit in a People’s Vote – is becoming impossible to ignore.
“When so many promises have been broken, the democratic option is not to impose a bad deal on voters but to give the decision back to the British people – including two million young people who’ve turned 18 since the referendum. Democracy is a process of informed consent and this deal fails that principle.
“There isn’t a magic formula that can satisfy everyone or even satisfy most people. Pretending that we can still have our cake and eat it, fiddling around with this lose-lose deal, or seeking some sort of Brexit-in-name-only will not solve the problem.
“Now we know what Brexit looks like and how all the promises cannot be met, the public should be given the opportunity to decide in a People’s Vote if this is the kind of deal they want or if the deal we already have in the EU is better. People don’t just have to accept a bad Brexit, they can demand their voice is heard. The public needs to have the final say on this crucial decision because, in the end, only the people can really sort this.”