6 months to Brexit, 6 ways to fight for a People’s Vote

by Luke Lythgoe | 28.09.2018

Tomorrow marks six months until the Article 50 deadline expires on March 29, 2019. But in reality we’ve probably got little over six weeks before big Brexit decisions are made. The government is in a mess, and there are no good options on the table. This is not a done deal. That’s why we need a People’s Vote to ask the public whether they still want to go through with this.

Here are six things you can do to help give the people the final say.

1. March!

Join tens of thousands of your fellow citizens on the streets of London on October 20 for the People’s Vote March for the Future. Back in June 100,000 descended on Parliament Square. Early signs suggest that the next national march, scheduled to fall a week before the EU summit at which Theresa May was supposed to sign a Brexit deal, will be even bigger. Sign up here – and get your friends there too.

2. Support the People’s Vote campaign

You can do this in several ways. Sign the petition demanding a People’s Vote on Brexit. Sign up for the latest news from the campaign. Or, if you can, donate to the People’s Vote crowdfunder which helps fund events across the country. You can do all of this, and learn more details, on the People’s Vote website.

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3. Join a grassroots campaign

Local organisations supporting the People’s Vote movement have been set up across the country, from Aberystwyth to Aberdeen, and Liskeard to Lincoln. Tomorrow is a great time to get stuck in, with over 100 street stalls and 1,000 door-to-door leafleting sessions across the country as part of the People’s Vote Day of Action – find details on the People’s Vote events page.

Citizen of nowhere? There are plenty of grassroots movements not tied to one location. Women for a People’s Vote, for example, or NHS Against Brexit.

4. Talk to friends, family, strangers on the bus…

Many people’s response to Brexit is “just get on with it”. We’ve had months of draining political in-fighting over some incredibly technical issues, resulting in much “Brexhaustion” across the land. This is dangerous, because it ups the risk of the government muddling a miserable Brexit deal through before the public realises what it means in reality. The next few months are crucial.

So make sure your family and friends are clued up to what’s going on and what’s at stake – but make sure you don’t lecture. And don’t go into battle without ammo: there are plenty of sources of up-to-date Brexit arguments. For example, the People’s Vote Morning Briefing arrives in your inbox every weekday, and you can sign up here.

5. Talk to your MP

At the end of the day, it will be up to MPs first to reject whatever sorry deal Theresa May comes back from Brussels with – if she gets one at all – and then to decide in Parliament whether and how we should have a People’s Vote. You can read more on the different legislative routes to a People’s Vote from Hugo Dixon in the Guardian.

So email your MP, send them a letter, or go to one of their “surgeries” – walk-in sessions where constituents can raise issues. If your MP seems persuaded by a People’s Vote but worried about betraying Leave-voting constituents, strengthen their resolve with your support. If they already back a People’s Vote, tell them to shout louder. You can find details of how to contact your MP on Parliament’s website.

6. Don’t give up

Now more than ever, with the prime minister out of answers, after Labour’s moves this week, and shifts in public opinion, it’s clear that everything’s up for grabs on Brexit – and that includes reversing the whole thing. So stay strong, stay positive, and demand a People’s Vote.

Edited by Quentin Peel

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7 Responses to “6 months to Brexit, 6 ways to fight for a People’s Vote”

  • If we do get a People’s Vote, how likely is it that it could backfire due to Leavers doubling-down?

    And if Remain does win, how do we stop UKIP (and a far nastier, more “identitarian” UKIP at that) from roaring back?

  • George-

    My own feeling is that the “Vengeance of the Leavers” idea is exaggerated. Brexit is more like a fad or fashion, which should quickly evaporate as it is merely an empty slogan which lacks any coherence or substance whatsoever and nobody with any any sense will mourn its passing.

    Once the option of staying is firmly on the table, closet remainers are likely to come out of their shells and find more courage to speak out, to say the Brexit emperor has no clothes. Most former leavers are unlikely to oppose them with any conviction, many no longer believe in the claptrap anyway.

  • I am sorry to be leaving but for all the wrong reasons. I will miss the freedom just to pop across the channel, the fact that after 20 years of getting ripped off by the mobile phone companies call charges are the same across the EU, clearly filling in paperwork to import stuff will be a bore and I might miss the health card thing which I always get but have yet to use. I guess that we will now have a proper Diplomatic Corps, we will not be excluded from 50% of decisions because we chose not to have the euro, we will not be under Brussels and 60% of our law will not come from a parliament that does not have our interests at heart. On balance the mobile phone thing wins – lets stay….

  • The idea of being under Brussels, or shackled to Brussels, is just part of the paranoid claptrap that the tabloids have been spewing out daily for so many years that people repeat it automatically. The truth is that we had a key role in forging the EU, were an important player, and it is other countries that follow our directives and deferred to our leadership – until did so until now. Now, they just feel rather sorry for us.

  • @ John King
    I think you are spot on about our influence in Europe. Along with Germany and France, we undoubtedly have/had more influence in shaping the direction of the EU. Of course, we were known as supporting a looser federation than other more integrationist countries, but it was often the smaller countries who relied on the UK to say what they themselves didn’t dare to say. Countries like Denmark will undoubtedly miss that influence to counter the more integrationist forces in the EU. But even in Germany, there are many who want a country large enough to help counter the less pragmatic, bureaucratic style favoured by the French. The other aspect is the UK’s ‘special’ link with North America, which has long been regarded as assisting the EU.

  • John,
    You say “My own feeling is that the “Vengeance of the Leavers” idea is exaggerated” – I can assure you that if embittered remainers actually win the day and we are conned into staying in the EU then I will never accept it! I have always been interested in politics but as part of the silent majority. if Brexit is not honoured I (and an awful lot of ordinary working people I know) will become far more active and motivated politically. The Labour party are showing themselves to be disinterested in acting for the benefit of the nation and are using Brexit as a tool to attempt to grab power – utterly contemptuous!!!

  • Peter-
    Total agreement about the labour party.
    Regarding political motivation, being a member offers the possibility of influencing the EU, but outside it one can do nothing.
    I still think Brexit is a blown up edifice lacking substance. Go back 3 years and nobody had ever heard of it