Thursday 20 June 2019 - People's Vote

Thursday 20 June 2019

Morning Briefing: It is time to Let Us Be Heard

There are two days to go to the People's Vote North first rally in Leeds when a host of celebrities, sport stars and politicians will join campaigners to demand Let Us Be Heard. With the north of England facing some of the biggest damage from No Deal, come along to give your support for a People's Vote. The Tory Party leadership race demonstrates that only a People's Vote can resolve the crisis. 

Hammond warns Johnson to consider People's Vote

Current Chancellor Philip Hammond will warn Boris Johnson and his fellow Tory Party candidates today that they would have to trigger a People's Vote or general election unless they get real about Brexit.

The senior Tory, in probably his final Mansion House speech, will say: “If the new prime minister cannot end the deadlock in parliament, then he will have to explore other democratic mechanisms to break the impasse.”

As the race to become Britain’s next PM continues with more eliminatory votes today, the “unicorn” fantasies of Johnson and others that could lead to a destructive No Deal will be condemned by Mr Hammond, who briefed on his speech 24 hours in advance in order to get his message across.

In a direct jibe at serial liar Boris Johnson, he urges contenders to be "honest with the public” and set out a plan B for Brexit that avoids a disastrous No Deal. "If your Plan A is undeliverable, not having a Plan B is like not having a plan at all," he will say.

He suggests that any promises to increase public spending would be impossible following an economy crash from No Deal. The surreal leadership contest has so far refused to recognise the reality that a People's Vote is the only way out of a crisis that could destroy the UK's economy.

As popular eccentric Rory Stewart was booted off the contest by Tory MPs yesterday, the remaining candidates are Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid, none of whom have ruled out leaving with no deal.

Today they will be whittled down to the final two that will go to 160,000 Tory members (0.25% of the population) for a month of hustings leading to the final decision.

Corbyn taking a history lesson to edge closer to People's Vote call 

The Labour Party is edging towards a full-throated backing for a People’s Vote – with Jeremy Corbyn taking a history lesson from Harold Wilson to guide him.

At an important Shadow Cabinet meeting yesterday, he affirmed that any deal would need to be put to a People’s Vote, but he didn’t go far enough for many present, including Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who urged him to make the party position clear.

Corbyn told them he had been reading the biography of Labour prime minister Wilson who called the 1975 common market referendum and set the government position to be pro-Europe but allowed ministers to campaign on both sides.

A number of senior Labour politicians, such as deputy Tom Watson, Emily Thornberry and Diane Abbot are urging Corbyn to fully back remaining in the EU, going further than a call for a People’s Vote. A letter from 26 MPs, many from Leave-voting constituencies, urged the leadership to continue the current position demonstrating the split in the parliamentary party.

The dangers for Labour of being stuck on the fence were made clear during the European elections with their worst result since 1910.

Tom Watson last night warned on ITV’s Peston that labour would become “electoral history” if they don’t make a clear statement of intent.

A commitment to a People’s Vote is the only solution for Labour and the country.

No Deal will lead to medicine shortages within weeks

Crashing out of the EU with a damaging No Deal will lead to shortages of medicines within weeks, MPs were told yesterday by drugs distributors. Critical and short-life medicines will be most vulnerable, with the risk that organized crime gangs will distribute counterfeit drugs once the UK is detached from a new barcode system being introduced by the EU. The nightmare scenario was revealed by Healthcare Distribution Association executive director Martin Sawer.

Between medicine shortages and the prospect of Donald Trump and the US pharma industry cashing in on a weakened UK to put the NHS "on the table, the NHS faces huge challenges post-No Deal. No-one voted for this: Let Us Be Heard.

Sporting legends to join politicians at People's Vote North rally in Leeds

A clutch of sporting legends will join leading Yorkshire politicians on Saturday in front of a packed crowd of 1,000+ to launch the People’s Vote North campaign and declare the region’s real voice must be heard in the Brexit debate.

The Leeds rally comes amid growing fears that if Boris Johnson becomes the next Prime Minister he will inflict a destructive Brexit on the British people - and the North of England in particular - that was barely mentioned back in 2016.

World champion athlete, Steve Cram, former England footballers John Barnes and Peter Reid,  as well as former Leeds Rhino star Garreth Carvell, will help the launch of People’s Vote North, a new organisation designed to make sure our region’s real voice is heard in the debate over Brexit, challenge lazy caricatures and provide support to thousands of activists in the region campaigning for people to have the democratic right to have a People’s Vote.

The rally, held at New Dock Hall opposite Leeds Armouries at 12.30pm on Saturday, will be the first of 15 “Let Us Be Heard” demonstrations in towns and cities across the UK through a long summer of protests.

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

“Parliament is getting no closer to breaking through the Brexit deadlock, and the Brexit in front of us is getting further and further from the one people were promised.

"It took a lot to change my mind, but now I believe the fairest and most democratic solution is a People's Vote."

Milifandom creator and media assistant at For our Future's Sake Abby Tomlinson explains in the HuffPost how she came to support a People's Vote.


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People's Vote campaign news

More Brexit news

Hammond warns Johnson to get real about Brexit or risk second referendum (The Sun)

NHS could face shortages of vital drugs (Yahoo News)

Corbyn signals stronger support for People's Vote (HuffPost)

Hammond urges new PM to "explore" second public vote (Times £)

Brussels blocks out Boris bluster (Politico)

Former Leeds Utd manager joins People's Vote rally (LeedsLive)

Labour row over People's Vote (Independent)

Top Brexit comment...

Independent Editorial: Make no mistake, Corbyn has made a significant step towards referendum

Abby Tomlinson: No Deal has led to me backing a People's Vote (HuffPost)

Guardian Editorial: Tory leadership is constitutional crisis in the making