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A People's vote on the Brexit Deal

North East for Europe has welcomed the launching of a joint campaign for a People's Vote on the Brexit Deal.

The campaign brings together all the main groups that have been campaigning for the UK to retain strong ties with the Europan Union, including the European Movement, Britain for Europe and Open Britain.

There are 3 key reasons for the campaign:

1. New facts have come to light about the cost and complexity of Brexit.

2. Promises made about Brexit, like more money for our NHS, won’t be kept.

3. The Brexit process is a mess, which makes it more likely we will get a bad deal.

Starting with our action day in Newcastle on 14th April we, and millions of people across the country, are calling for the people, not just politicians, that decide whether we accept whatever Brexit deal (or no deal) the government end up negotiating.

North East for Europe says that:

  • The 2016 referendum was not a vote for a destination. And the Government’s hard Brexit plan was decisively rejected by the public at the General Election in June.
  • With less than a year remaining until we crash out of the EU, new facts are coming to light every day, on everything from the divorce bill, to the NHS, to the border in Northern Ireland.
  • The Government has announced that we will withdraw from the Single Market and the Customs Union, where half our trade in goods and services are sold, and we still don’t know what will replace it.
  • Given that the Brexit that was promised is not being delivered, it is only right that the public should be able to take a look at the deal before we leave and express their view on it.

If you agree that the people of this country deserve to have the final say on any Brexit deal, please join us in telling our MPs and Government that we want a People's Vote on the deal.

We want a country that works for everyone, and one that is open, tolerant and part of the European Union, with all the rights and benefits that has brought us.

In the referendum vote on 23rd June 2016 Newcastle was one of the places where the majority of voters were for "Remain". The North East as a region voted to leave, but as the region with strongest manufacturing trade with Europe we are a region where Brexit puts many people's jobs at risk.

Whatever one thinks of the referendum campaigns and result, we still live in a democracy, we have a right to continue to say why we think the whole country is better remaining in the European Union, and we plan to continue to do this.

North East for Europe believes that Britain is better off (economically, socially and culturally)as part of the European Union and we think that as the implications of Brexit (and especially, a hard Brexit) become clearer, the case for remaining in the EU will become stronger and more popular.

Throughout the Brexit negotiations and the twists and turns of politics at Westminster, we will continue to argue and campaign in favour of EU membership and against Brexit. We will work with people from all parties and none where we can work together to oppose Brexit and to maintain the strongest possible relationship with the European Union.

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