Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

British lawmakers, celebrities call for 'people's vote' on Brexit

British lawmakers, celebrities call for 'people's vote' on Brexit

Actor Patrick Stewart, a supporter of the People's Vote campaign, said campaigners were not asking for a second referendum, but rather wanted "another chance to consider what the terms of this divorce are going to be".

MPs, celebrities and business leaders have launched a campaign calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and the EU. Around 1,200 people attended the event, according to organisers.

Both the Conservatives and Labour have ruled out a second referendum.

The campaign is run by Open Britain, which is one of several anti-Brexit organisations which sprung up during the 2016 referendum.

Speaking at the rally, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said: "We'll do everything we can in Parliament for a people's vote".

'Since the 2016 referendum, there has been a concerted effort by many - including government - to shut down debate about Brexit and to tell us that we should simply trust ministers to get on with it because Brexit is an irreversible process.

The actor, famous for his roles in Star Trek and X-Men, even said his fictional character Charles Xavier would have supported the Remain campaign.

He also said he was motivated by "history and emotion" to want to stay in the EU.

The EU official gave Theresa May until December 31 2020 to change her mind on Britain exiting the pair as it withdraws from the EU, saying: "So long as they have not left, during the transition period, everything is still possible".

The UK voted to exit the European Union by 51.9% to 48.1% in June 2016.

'When the United Kingdom and Ireland were brought in I felt for the first time in my life that the brutality of both World Wars could never happen again'.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson ridiculed the campaign, pointing out that the people's vote has already taken place.

Asked what he would say to people who voted for Brexit, he told the programme "what we are doing is in their benefit".

Brexit remains a fractious topic in Britain, with less than a year to go until the country quits the EU.

The transition deal will not be finalised unless Britain and the other 27 European Union countries agree on divorce terms by October - Brussels' deadline to wrap up talks.

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