Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats are bringing forward a motion, calling for Gloucestershire County Council to support a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.
The motion, being proposed by Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, notes the warnings from locally based international businesses about the impact on UK trade and investment and the potential impacts on Gloucestershire’s citizens. It subsequently calls for the county council to agree that there should be a “People’s Vote” on the terms of any Brexit deal, with the option for the British public to choose to remain a full member of the EU instead.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson and group leader (Bourton-on-the-Water & Northleach) said:
“It is increasingly clear that the promises made by the Leave campaign were baseless, and far from Brexit providing an injection of cash into Britain’s public services, the government’s own figures show that Brexit will leave all of us poorer.
“Meanwhile Theresa May is leading us closer and closer towards a catastrophic no-deal Brexit. At the same time revelations keep emerging on foreign interference in the referendum and illegal spending by the Leave campaign.
“The British public are increasingly demanding a vote on the terms of our departure from the EU. It is hoped that by adding this council’s voice to the clamour, the Conservative Government will finally listen to the will of the people.”
Cllr Jeremy Hilton, seconding the motion, said:
“I will be urging all county councillors to back the Lib Dem call for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. It is imperative that the people of Gloucestershire and the UK have the final say on whether to proceed with Brexit or to remain members of the European Union.
“To drop out of the EU without a deal will mean the loss of citizenship rights we now enjoy. Currently we are able to work, study, live and retire anywhere in the EU. Our European Health Insurance Card provides health cover across all member states. These are benefits that are important everyone, but especially so for the younger generation who are starting out on their adult lives.”