Thursday 10 October 2019 - People's Vote

Thursday 10 October 2019

Morning Briefing

Saturday October 2019 is set to be a truly historic day. Inside Parliament, the House of Commons will be sitting for an extraordinary, emergency session following the crucial European Council summit. 

Outside in Parliament Square, there will be hundreds of thousands of People’s Vote campaigners marching under the banner of "Together for the Final Say".

It is a critical moment for the nation. Make sure you are there.

"I am Will" - Together for the Final Say March comes on a critically-important day

The People’s Vote campaign yesterday launched a new drive to tell Boris Johnson that the Brexit he is trying to force on the country is NOT the will of the people. We unveiled video entitled “I am Will” before one of the biggest public demonstrations Britain has ever seen on Saturday October 2019.

News that Parliament will be sitting for an emergency session on the same day as the Together for the Final Say March makes this protest even more important because it will be an occasion when everyone – not just politicians - can make their voice heard.

Boris Johnson falsely claims to be standing up for the 'will of the people'. So to promote the march on 19 October we’ve launched a new social media campaign to make it clear that we are The Will Of The People - and it is time we were all heard. Click below to change your profile picture on your mobile device to an animated graphic saying I am Will.

New poll gives clearest sign that people want a People's Vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit

The UK has turned against Brexit and would now vote to stay in the EU, according to the biggest ever poll-of-polls in the Evening Standard.

The YouGov analysis of 300 surveys shows “concrete” evidence that the country has shifted against quitting the EU since 2016.

One of the most striking findings is that 204 out of 226 polls since July 2017 have shown staying in the EU ahead, with just seven for quitting, and 15 ties. So far this year, just one poll in the series has put exiting ahead, compared to 74 for staying in the EU. 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan commented: “We don’t want Boris Johnson’s destructive Brexit, or No Deal. We want the British public to get the final say.”

Meanwhile, the Institute of Directors have issued a poll of their members showing 48% think No Deal would be more negative for their business than an extension of the Brexit deadline (22%).

Boris Johnson will meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the north-west of England at a private lunch meeting today, billed as the last chance for a Brexit compromise to be found. Talks with the EU have come to a standstill.

Labour MP Hilary Benn told the BBC’s Newsnight last night that MPs could try and take control of Commons business and make a bid to get a People’s Vote passed in Parliament on Saturday October 19. “We can find a way forward – a confirmatory referendum is the way to do it,” he said.

Former Chancellor Philip Hammond told the Telegraph this morning that the entire "buccaneering Britain" Brexit narrative is a fallacy, demonstrating that free trade deals would not outweigh the costs of barriers to trade with the EU, saying that any Brexit would make the UK poorer.

Brexit continues to take its toll on the UK's motoring industry

The Brexit effect on the UK motoring industry continues: a further 1,200 jobs are at risk in Swindon after Honda Logistics is to be closed, on top of the 3,500 job losses when the main car making plant is axed.

And Nissan announced they are to axe the nightshift at their Sunderland plant in changes brought about at least partly by the Brexit uncertainty. No jobs will be lost after negotiations with the Unite union.

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

“Boris Johnson and his government have wasted time and effort on political diversions and manoeuvres and not on preparation. We now have the opportunity to show Johnson and his hedge fund friends that we will not stand for it. On 19 October we – all of us – have a chance to make our demand for a People’s Vote heard loud and clear in Parliament.” 

People's Vote campaigner Jess Phillips MP calls for people to join the People's Vote march on October 19, on the same day that Parliament meets on a Saturday for the first time since the Falklands crisis in 1982.

Video of the Day 

We ran our I am Will video in yesterday's Morning Briefing but wanted to give you another chance to watch and share it.

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More Brexit news...

Britain against leaving EU as poll of polls says most now want to stay (Standard)

1,200 jobs at risk as Honda Logistics reveals it will close in Swindon (Swindon Advertiser)

Hammond slates 'do or die' pledge and slates free trade deals (Telegraph)

MPs could hijack Saturday sitting to force through second referendum (Independent)

More Brexit comment...

Jonathan Lis: The European Union has abandoned indulgence of UK delusions, and you cannot blame them (Prospect)

Caroline Lucas: MPs could hijack emergency Saturday sitting of Commons to force through second referendum (Independent)