These letters are in response to our campaign launched last night for a referendum on the Brexit deal, Final Say. Congratulations on The Independent’s decision to throw its weight behind a campaign for a second referendum. May I suggest that a condition for the high profile campaigners who will inevitably support you is that they promise to honour the decision? That may go a little way towards silencing those opposed who will accuse Remainers, like me, of wanting a third and a fourth vote until we get the decision we want. Patrick CosgroveShropshire Your editorial calls for another referendum on EU membership as you wish “the people to have the Final Say”. The people had their say in 2015 when they voted in Cameron’s government with their manifesto pledge to run an in/out referendum. They voted to leave in that referendum in 2016. They voted again little more than a year ago in 2017 for a government and opposition with manifesto pledges to leave the EU, with … [Read more...] about Letters: The Independent’s campaign for a Final Say referendum on Brexit
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0 Have your say Fundamental constitutional change should only happen when it’s the settled will of the people, writes Alexander McCall Smith. When I was a boy, if one wanted to settle a playground dispute, or if you wanted to allocate some contested item, you resorted to a best of three competition. Anybody could win a single, one-off competition, but you had to be a good bit luckier to come out with the best of three. You deserved to win then.READ MORE: Supreme Court Brexit challenge: ‘UK Parliament is sovereign, not Holyrood’This may have some bearing on the tricky issue of referendums. Nobody needs to be reminded that since 2014 we have had two highly divisive referendums (we are also divided on whether the plural is referendums or referenda – an issue that has probably split families and broken friendships just as the referendums themselves have done.) Some people take the view that neither of those referendums should have been held. … [Read more...] about Alexander McCall Smith: Should there be second referendums on Brexit and independence?
Thousands march in London to demand referendum on Brexit deal BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Thousands of people are marching through the streets of London to demand a referendum on the terms of Brexit. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/thousands-march-in-london-to-demand-referendum-on-brexit-deal-37041226.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37041223.ece/65cb0/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_74b1530c-0518-4664-8ce5-a777918a45ac_1 Email Thousands of people are marching through the streets of London to demand a referendum on the terms of Brexit. Organisers of the People’s Vote march have estimated in excess of 100,000 people will be attending the rally in central London. Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, Green co-leader Caroline Lucas, Labour former NEC member and actor Tony Robinson and pro-EU campaigner Gina Miller were among those who joined the crowd in the capital on the second anniversary of the EU vote. The start of the march was delayed from noon to 1pm, … [Read more...] about Thousands march in London to demand referendum on Brexit deal
A poll has revealed major support for a second referendum on Brexit . Almost half of voters (48%) back having a public vote on the deal the UK strikes with Brussels. That compares to just 25% who said there should not be a public vote. Another 18% had no strong views either way and 9% did not know. Pollsters Survation questioned 1,022 UK adults ahead of the second anniversary tomorrow of the vote to leave the EU. People were asked: "To what extent would you support or oppose holding a referendum asking the public if they will accept or reject the deal?" PM Theresa May has firmly ruled out any second referendum, and Jeremy Corbyn has not committed to one despite some Labour MPs wanting him to. But the poll claims those supporting a new referendum included more than a third (35%) of Leave voters, alongside 66% of those who back Remain. The poll, for ITV's Good Morning Britain, also suggested there's been a slight change of heart over Brexit overall. Britain would vote 53% to remain … [Read more...] about Shock poll reveals major support for a second referendum on Brexit
Nicola Sturgeon is coming under party pressure to back a second referendum on Brexit ahead of a vote on independence. Noel Dolan, who was Sturgeon’s adviser for nearly a decade, split open the SNP divisions on Brexit by stating the party should join the Lib Dems in backing a second Brexit vote. Dolan wrote on Twitter: “Without Brexit there is no ‘power grab’. We should focus on the main event – Brexit and not on the consequences. “We should be campaigning for a second Brexit referendum. After all, 62 per cent of the Scottish electorate voted to remain in the EU.” Sturgeon backed a second indy referendum straight after the Brexit vote in 2016 but was hammered in the 2017 general election as a result, losing 21 MPs. Sturgeon has now put the indy campaign on the backburner in favour of focusing on campaigning to keep Scotland in the EU single market and customs union. But questioning the direction of policy, Dolan exposed the fact 40 per … [Read more...] about Sturgeon under pressure to back second referendum on Brexit ahead of indy vote