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People’s Vote campaign hots up with big summer ahead

by Luke Lythgoe | 26.07.2018

“Going away anywhere this summer?” For People’s Vote campaigners the answer is yes – all across the country.

People’s Vote kick-started its Summer of Action today. The next few weeks will see campaigning in seven regions and nations across the UK, with grassroots activities, media moments and online campaigns, punctuated in each area with a People’s Vote rally. It’s all being rounded off by another giant rally in the heart of the capital on October 20.

After months of watching squabbling politicians making a mess at Westminster, it’s time to take the call for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal to the rest of the country. Alongside activism on the ground, People’s Vote will publish research showing the impact of Brexit on communities and industries across the country – drilling deep into data, local institutions and real people’s stories. New opinion polling of specific areas and groups will show how, where and why public opinion is moving.

The last few weeks have seen an exciting surge in support for a People’s Vote. Theresa May’s former education secretary Justine Greening became the biggest name Tory MP so far to back the idea. “The only solution is to take the final Brexit decision out of the hands of deadlocked politicians, away from the backroom deals, and give it back to the people,” she wrote in The Times.

Despite enjoying a thrilling World Cup in Russia, Gary Lineker said it was “impossible to avoid” the Brexit mess back home, calling it “more bewildering and worrying than ever”. He’s urged people to sign the People’s Vote petition and backed the Summer of Action campaign.

Petition: We, The People, demand a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal.

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Other famous names who have signed up include Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden, columnist Caitlin Moran and comedian David Mitchell – albeit in a characteristically David Mitchell way.

Both the Independent and the Economist are now behind the campaign too. The Indy’s editorial was accompanied by comments from People’s Vote-backing politicians Chuka Umunna, Dominic Grieve and Layla Moran.

In the medical profession, we’ve seen the British Medical Association and Royal College of Midwives join the Royal College of Nurses in backing a People’s Vote – making for some pretty unanimous support from the healthcare sector. The Transport and Salaried Staff Association (TSSA), a union which supports transport workers, has also backed the campaign.

Oxford City Council has also backed a People’s Vote, putting pressure on MPs in those cities to demand the people get a say on Brexit when May’s deal eventually goes through Parliament sometime towards the end of the year.

All this has happened since the start of June. Before that the People’s Vote campaign had received backing from politicians across the North East, Merseyside, Wales and London, plus student organisations, key figures on the left and several celebs. That’s all here in an earlier article for InFacts.

So the campaign a People’s Vote finds itself in a strong place as the summer holiday season begins. The tireless work of its million-strong network of activists in 130 local groups will see things heat up further – hopefully as the weather cools down a bit.

Edited by Hugo Dixon