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Flag Market protest planned for Brexit deal referendum

Posted on - 26th September, 2018 - 11:32am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News
When the Brexit battle-bus came to Preston during the 2016 referendum Pic: Tony Worrall
When the Brexit battle-bus came to Preston during the 2016 referendum Pic: Tony Worrall

A group of protesters will meet in Preston to call for a people’s vote on Brexit.

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At this week’s Labour party conference a motion has been debated looking calling for a UK-wide vote on the government’s proposals for a Brexit deal.

The ‘Together Against Brexit’ campaign has been launched and Prestonians are being encouraged to come out in support of a second referendum.

Update: The protest has now been scaled back

People’s Vote Preston will be on the Flag Market from 11am to 1.30pm on Saturday (29 September) to voice their opinions at the same time as Preston Pride takes place.

Read more: Broughton referendum to take place in October

Dawn Judd from the campaign group said: “We reject the idea of a No Deal Brexit as an economic and political disaster. Rather People’s Vote Preston believe that as the reality of leaving the EU becomes clearer then the country now has a right for their voices to be heard.

“While respecting the decision to leave in June 2016, from recent polls and surveys it would appear that many people clearly were unaware of how this decision would impact on their rights, the environment, the economy, peace and the situation in Northern Ireland.

“People’s Vote Preston feel that this is the fight of this generation for the next generation and subsequent generations. As such rather than go over the cliff edge of a no deal Brexit they are calling on the government to allow a public vote. In a democracy they feel that this is an issue so big that it goes beyond Westminster.”

Preston voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum with a turnout of 68.72% the Leave campaign commanded a 53.27% share of the vote, with 46.65% voting to Remain.

The total number of votes cast were 30,227 for Remain and 34,518 for Leave.

What do you think about the idea for a second referendum? How do you think the Brexit negotiations are going? Let us know in the comments below

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