We have watched the chaos unfold in Cabinet and the turmoil in negotiations with dismay and foreboding. None of us voted for a bad deal or no deal that would wreck our economy. Nor do we accept that either is inevitable. If the Brexit deal is rejected by Parliament, then we, the people of Britain, should have the democratic right to determine our own future. That is why we are demanding a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal.
Why are we demanding a People’s Vote?
More and more of us – whether we voted Leave or Remain two years ago – realise we’re heading for a botched Brexit. This deeply divided government is making such a mess of negotiations that a bad deal is now unavoidable. For all the promises of a ‘Brexit dividend’, extra money for the NHS is to be financed from higher taxes and borrowing while ministers cannot even agree on a feasible solution for the Irish border that protects the peace process. The future of this country and young people is too important to be decided by politicians alone, who cannot unite around the national interest. No one voted to be poorer, for our public services to suffer, or to pay a £40 billion divorce fee. Brexit is a big deal, not a done deal. And it is too big to be ignored by the people.
What will we do with the collected signatures?
We will deliver them to Number 10 Downing Street the week before the Brexit deal returns to Parliament later this year.