'MPs, celebrities and business leaders have come together to launch a campaign for a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the UK and the EU.
The People’s Vote campaign endeavours to unify different anti-Brexit groups in order to demand voters are given the final say rather than parliament on the deal secured by Theresa May.
MPs including the Conservative’s Anna Soubry, Labour’s Chuka Umunna, Liberal Democrat’s Layla Moran and the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas gathered at the launch of the campaign in Camden in north London on Sunday. More than 1,200 people attended.
Supporters were joined by the actor Sir Patrick Stewart, who has lent his support to the campaign, saying that if people voted to reject the exit deal Britain would “simply stay” in the EU.
Sir Patrick opened the event by telling the audience he supported the People’s Vote because “our country’s future is at stake and we will not stand idly by”.
The X-Men actor echoed those views in a comment piece for The Independent.
“The cold reality is that Brexit is hurting our economy,” he wrote. “Our public services and the life chances of future generations. And the government has already admitted that in all of the possible outcomes of the current negotiations, the country will be worse off.
“Brexit is such a huge and momentous time in our history, one that will affect future generations for many years to come and it should not be left simply to politicians. So, now that we are learning the real cost of Brexit, I want to urge that we think again and insist that the decision about whether to accept the Brexit deal is a matter for the people. To my mind, the only way to resolve the huge challenge we now face as a country is through a people’s vote.”'
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