WATCH: People’s Vote campaign launch

1200 people gathered in London today for the launch of a new campaign to give the British people a final vote on the Brexit deal. The Cross-Party campaign heard speeches from the actor who played one of my favourite fictional characters – Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Sir Patrick Stewart and from MPs Anna Soubry, Chuka Umunna, Caroline Lucas and our own Layla Moran.

Mock the Week’s Andy Parsons kicked off the proceedings in very funny style. Patrick Stewart was so passionate and emotional about what being part of the EU meant to him. He was born in 1940 as the Battle of Britain was going on. War was to ravage Europe for the first five years of his life and its consequences were felt long after it. Brexit, he said, was hurting the economy, our public services and the life chances of our future generation. Now that we are learning the real cost, he said, he said the people should have the chance to make their feelings felt.

The event was so big that even the BBC couldn’t ignore it.

You can watch the whole thing here:

Layla told the crowd:

We are demanding a People’s Vote so the people, not the politicians, get the final say on the final Brexit deal.

This is about strengthening democracy. Whatever you think of the deal, whether you voted to leave or remain, whether you’ve changed your mind or not, there is nothing more democratic than allowing the People to accept or reject a deal that will affect our country for decades to come.

This process started with a democratic vote, that is how it should finish.

Layla also suggested a slogan for the pro EU side in that second referendum should we get it.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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