People’s Vote

Publication Date 15/04/2018
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The People's Vote campaign launched on the 15 April 2018 sought to ensure that the UK government's Brexit deal was put before the country in a public vote so that the public could decide if a decision that would affect lives for generations made the country better or worse off.

The campaign was launched with a rally in London in front of an audience of over 1,000 people. There were speeches from from leading anti-Brexit MPs from across the party divide – Anna Soubry, Chuka Umunna, Layla Moran and Caroline Lucas – about why they thought it should be for the people, rather than politicians to decide.

The People's Vote campaign was run by Open Britain.

Polling expert and academic Sir John Curtice (in the EuroppBlog) wrote that ' But do the public want another vote? And have attitudes toward holding a second referendum really changed in recent months, as some pro-EU campaigners suggest? ... there is little reason to think support for a second referendum has reached a turning point, though those arguing for a second referendum may have made some progress in the court of public opinion'.

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Open Britain is a campaigning organisation set up after the June 2016 EU referendum in the United Kingdom. It is the successor to the main Remain campaigning group Britain Stronger in Europe.

Open Britain campaigned for Britain to be open and inclusive, open for business, open to trade and investment, open to talent and hard work, open to Europe and to the world.

Open Britain had three key objectives:

+ The best deal for Britain
+ Making a positive case for Europe
+ Growing the grassroots

In February 2018 Open Britain joined other remain campaigning organisations such as the European Movement, Wales for Europe, Britain for Europe, InFacts, Scientists for EU, Healthier IN the EU, Leave Watch, The New European and others, and pro-Remain MPs from the Labour Party, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Green Party, SNP and Plaid Cymru on the All Party Parliamentary Group on EU Relations to form a Grassroots Coordinating Group.

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The Guardian, 16.04.18: [Opinion]: Brexit looks bad on all fronts. That’s why we’re pushing for a people’s vote
The New York Times, 21.04.18: Could the U.K. Vote Again on Brexit? The Prospects Are Rising
Briefings for Brexit: Briefing, 05.05.18: Reflections on the People’s Vote campaign for a second referendum
The Guardian, 15.04.18: Brexit: MPs from four parties jointly launch push for people's vote
BBC News, 15.04.18: Brexit: 'People's Vote' campaign group launched
In Facts, 16.07.18: What should be the question in a People’s Vote?
Open Britain: News, 15.04.18: Launch of the new national People’s Vote campaign
Federal Trust: Blog, 23.04.18: Brexit: Anything could happen in the next half year
In Facts, 12.04.18: Public opinion is shifting towards people’s vote on Brexit
ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
In Facts, 08.04.18: 8 things you can do today to fight for a People’s Vote
LSE European Institute: EuroppBlog, 19.04.18: Have attitudes toward a second Brexit referendum reached a ‘turning point’?
LSE Brexit: Blog, 11.06.18: People’s vote: what would a serious Brexit referendum look like?
Conservatives for a People's Vote (C4PV)

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