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Give the people the final say on Brexit.

August 9, 2018 8:00 AM


John Bridges

John Bridges

National campaign group Best for Britain and Manchester's Opposition Liberal Democrats, are calling on the City Council to pass an official policy motion in support of a the final say on the Brexit deal.

In the referendum in 2016 Manchester voted by a large majority to remain in the European Union, and with thousands of jobs in the City under threat, and EU Grants that have helped rebuild the city no longer available, Manchester will be much worse off out under any Brexit deal.

In an email from Best for Britain, their Regional Campaign Coordinator, Charles Gibson said: "It is now more important than ever that we keep up the pressure on Councillors in Manchester and let them know that we want them to stand up for a people's vote."

Oxford and Liverpool councils have already approved motions supporting a people's vote and Leicester Council will do so next month. Liberal Democrat group leader on Manchester City Council, John Leech said: "I have always supported a people's vote and in the next council meeting I will ask Manchester Council to pass a motion of support."

Liberal Democrat Lead Campaigner for Deansgate Ward, John Bridges added that "Manchester is an open, tolerant, outward-looking, proud and patriotic city that voted to remain with its European neighbours. Manchester's Labour bosses need to recognise this and start standing up for local people by supporting a referendum on the Brexit deal which has been Lib Dem policy for over two years now."

When Britain voted marginally to leave, there was no opportunity to vote for a destination and Liberal Democrats will not stand by and watch Manchester suffer for something we didn't vote for.

In the local elections in May 2018 UKIP received just 1% of the popular vote, officially Manchester the most anti-Brexit area for the anti-EU party anywhere in the country.

John Bridges added that "It is high time that Manchester's Labour councillors stood up to their Labour Leader and told him how this City feels about Brexit. In the mean time the Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign to give the people the final say on the deal."

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