Campaign launched to push for second vote

Nellie Chapman
April 16, 2018

Actor Sir Patrick Stewart, who backs the campaign, said if people voted to reject the exit deal, the United Kingdom would "simply stay" in the EU.

The day of action is being organised by the European Movement, Open Britain and Britain for Europe, with more than 100 events planned across the United Kingdom, from Aberdeen to Falmouth.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, also at the event, reassured attendees, saying: "We'll do everything we can in Parliament for a people's vote".

Both Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives and the main opposition Labour Party have ruled out a second referendum after Britons voted 52-48 percent to leave the bloc nearly two years ago, and the country is due to leave the European Union in March next year.

"This issue is far too important to to leave to the politicians".

"Brexit is not inevitable".

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Respondents were asked to what extent they supported or opposed the public voting on the final Brexit deal the British government makes with the EU.

James McGrory, executive director of the Open Britain campaign group, said: "Our largest ever national day of action is all about bringing together the various pro-European groups so that we can speak with one unified voice, because we know that together we are stronger". It should not be a done deal.

Stewart said his alter egos, Star Trek's Jean-Luc Picard and the X-Men's Charles Xavier, were "excellent, admirable" individuals concerned about the well-being of all and "they would have voted Remain". Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show on Sunday, he said that the "terms and conditions" of Brexit were "quite unlike" how they were put forward during the referendum campaign.

Campaigners calling for the public to be given a vote on the final Brexit deal will be out in Scotland's capital this weekend.

"People had a vote, it was a great vote, and they voted with a substantial majority to leave the European Union", he told the BBC. "We're now trying to deliver on that mandate from the people".

Brexit remains a fractious topic in Britain, with less than a year to go until the country quits the EU. Both sides are hoping to reach a deal by October, which would allow enough time for ratification.

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