The people will be sending a message to the powerful today when the Together for the Final Say march arrives outside Parliament even as, inside the gates, Boris Johnson tries to force through his hard Brexit proposals.
But a new campaign is being launched to make sure the people’s voices are heard from Westminster to Brussels and the capitals of Europe over the days to come.
The People’s Vote campaign is today asking everyone – whether they took part in the march or not – to sign a letter to MPs, MEPs, the Prime Minister and the elected heads of government among the 27 other members of the European Council.
- Hundreds of thousands of leaflets are being distributed by volunteers along the route of the march and in Parliament Square asking people to add their signatures and adverts will appear in London Underground stations as protesters make their way home.
- The letter will be delivered simultaneously – but before the final Brexit deadline - to Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament, as well as the European Parliament and the Consilium building in Brussels where the European Council meets.
- In addition, MPs will be sent a list of signatories to this letter from their constituencies so that they know the strength of feeling among those who elected them before any final decision is made.
In an email to People’s Vote supporters this morning, Keir Starmer MP, the shadow Brexit secretary, says:
“Today, we're marching together to say we trust the people, not Boris Johnson, to solve this Brexit crisis. And we’re sending a message to the powerful. The Prime Minister will be inside the gates of Parliament for an emergency debate on his hard Brexit proposal which is a million miles away from what he promised in 2016.
“But I am proud to stand with the people – from all walks of life and every corner of our country – outside. And today we will be asking you to add your name to a letter we will send to the powerful in the UK and in the Europe.
“It's a letter from the people that will go, not only to the Prime Minister, every MP and MEP, as well as the head of all the heads of government among the 27 other European member states.
“It asks them to honour our shared democratic values; it asks them not to turn away from us now and deny us the chance for the final say.
“Whether you're joining us today or not, add your name to the letter now and send a message to the powerful.”
The text of the letter states:
You have the power here in the UK and in the EU. But we, the people, ask you to honour our shared democratic values by giving us the final say on Brexit.
More than three years since the last referendum, it's now clear the proposed terms for leaving are a million miles from what was promised and cannot be said to represent the will of the people.
We do not want the powerful to force on the people a Brexit that will damage the economy in both the UK and the EU, threaten the peace process in Northern Ireland, as well as lead to years more uncertainty and chaos.
Please do not turn your back on this last chance to stop us turning in on ourselves. Allow us the chance to check whether we want to proceed with this Brexit. Let us decide in a People's Vote.
Notes to Editors:
The full text of the letter and sign-up page can be found at: