Thursday 25 April 2019 - People's Vote

Thursday 25 April 2019

Morning Briefing: Pressure building on Labour on People's Vote commitment

Pressure on Labour to make the call on People’s Vote

The time is coming for Labour’s NEC to make a decision on putting a People’s Vote in the European election manifesto. It is a critical time for Labour voters – and, even more crucially, Labour members to put the pressure on.

In the next few days, the People’s Vote campaign will demonstrate how the overwhelming majority of Labour supporters and members want to see the party campaign on a pro-confirmatory referendum platform.

There can be no fudging: the risk is high that Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is gifted an unworthy victory.

Labour’s campaign could lose the drive, energy and support required to see off the ultra right wing line-up of candidates along with a smattering of former Tories such as Ann Widdecombe, Annunziata Rees-Mogg and Richard Tice.

A People’s Vote is the answer to the political crisis that the country faces and the majority of Labour supporters are clear that this is the case, with many urging their fellow campaigners to contact Labour MPs and the party leadership to make the People’s Vote decision.

Keeping the fragile peace in Northern Ireland

The moving scenes at the funeral of murdered journalist Lyra McKee demonstrated the deeply-held desire of the people of Northern Ireland to ensure that the hard-won peace is not lost.

Murdered by New IRA terrorists in Derry during rioting last Thursday, her tragic death has come as a shocking reminder of the real human cost that could be gambled away without strong political and social leadership. Fears that the Good Friday agreement could be undermined are real and heartfelt, amidst all the rumblings about backstops.

Northern Ireland overwhelmingly voted against Brexit and a People’s Vote offers those voters a chance to make their voice heard when no MP in Westminster is standing up for that majority view.

Celebrate Portugal's democracy by registering to vote

Today is the 45th anniversary of Portugal’s Carnation Revolution and the fall of the last dictatorship in Western Europe. Demonstrators greeted a military coup by placing carnations in soldiers’ rifles and on uniforms as the authoritarian Estado Novo regime was overthrown after 48 years.

It is a good day to congratulate any of your Portugese friends and remind them that they can exercise their democratic right to vote here on May 23 by registering to vote here. It is worth encouraging citizens of all other EU countries to vote as well.


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

“I am now proud to be one of you, and I hope I get the chance to place my mark in the Remain box in a future, fair referendum on this issue, and based on facts instead of lies and deception..."

Former Leave voter Andy Martin on how he voted Leave but has since changed his mind after checking the facts, in an article in PMP magazine.


Video of the Day 

LBC presenter James O'Brien calls for everyone to register to vote in next three weeks.


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Tweet of the Day

Labour must include a commitment to People's Vote in its manifesto, says MEP Seb Dance

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More Brexit news…

May escapes threat of early leadership challenge (Standard)

MPs accuse social media companies of 'actively' serving terrorist material for profit (Independent)

May plans Withdrawal Agreement Bill vote next week (Sky News)

Top Brexit comment...

Paul Mason: Labour should leave Government talks and campaign in European elections (New Statesman)

Martin Kettle: There will be no soft Brexit now. It's no deal or another vote (Guardian)

Chris Whiting: The EU elections could be a lifeline for Remainers, unless we throw it away (HuffPost)

David Aaronovitch: The shadowy past of Farage's motley crew (The Times £)