People's Vote march, London, 23 June 2018
|Purpose||Calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the UK and the European Union|
|Chuka Umunna|
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People's Vote is a UK campaign group calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the UK and the European Union. The group was launched in April 2018 by four MPs, as well as the actor Sir Patrick Stewart.
In July 2017 an all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on EU relations was established. Co-chairs are Chuka Umunna MP (Labour) and Anna Soubry MP (Conservative), the remaining members of the group comprise: Caroline Lucas MP (Green), Jo Swinson MP (Liberal Democrats), Jonathan Edwards (Plaid Cymru), Stephen Gethins MP (Scottish National Party), Baroness Altmann (Conservative), Lord Adonis (Labour), Lord Kerr of Kinlochard (Crossbench), Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted (Liberal Democrats) and Lord Wigley (Plaid Cymru).
On 1 February 2018 The Guardian reported that a grassroots coordinating group (GCG) representing more than 500,000 members, opposed to a hard Brexit, had formed with Umunna as its leader. Later that month it was reported that George Soros's Open Society Foundations had donated £182,000 to European Movement UK and £35,000 to Scientists for EU, two of the grassroot groups.
In March 2018 HuffPost reported that several pro-EU groups had moved into an office together in London’s Millbank Tower so that they could better co-ordinate their campaign to keep strong links between Britain and the European Union. This was also reported to be in order to work alongside the APPG on EU Relations. Umunna commented, “In our democracy, it is vital that the people get their say on Brexit, rather than their elected representatives in Parliament being reduced to some rubber stamp for whatever plan Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Michael Gove have been putting together behind closed doors".
People's Vote was launched at an event in London on 15 April 2018, at The Electric Ballroom in Camden. The event comprised Andy Parsons with MPs Chuka Umunna, Anna Soubry, Layla Moran (Liberal Democrats) and Caroline Lucas (Green Party) speaking as well as actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Lord Adonis also attended the event.
June 2018 onwards
On 23 June 2018, the second anniversary of the EU referendum, People's Vote organised a march and protest from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square in Central London. Speakers included Tony Robinson (actor) - who criticised the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for not attending the march., Gina Miller (business owner), Vince Cable (Liberal Democrats Leader), David Lammy (Labour), Caroline Lucas (Green Party co-Leader) and Soubry. An estimated 100,000 people attended the march.
The Independent wrote an editorial on 24 July 2018 calling for a "final say on the Brexit deal". Over the next two weeks the television presenter Gary Lineker, the satirist Armando Iannucci, broadcaster Gavin Esler, comedian Rory Bremner, and former Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell also announced their support for the campaign.
The campaign is a collaboration between several groups. They use a campaign office based in Millbank central London, apart from Wales for Europe which is based in Wales. The European Movement UK and Britain for Europe also have roughly 150 local campaign groups.
List of collaborating groups
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- European Union Withdrawal Agreement (Public Vote) Bill 2017-19
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