NEWS AND COMMENT FROM INIREF.ORG
REPORT from The Independent 16 April 2018
Campaign alliance "People's Vote" demands
ballot on brexit deal
" 'People's Vote' Brexit campaign group calls for
referendum on final EU deal
Now that we are learning the real cost of Brexit, I
want to urge that we think again and insist that the
decision about whether to accept the Brexit deal is a
matter for the people .....
MPs, celebrities and business leaders have come
together to launch a campaign for a public vote on the
final Brexit deal between the UK and the EU. .....
The Peopleís Vote campaign endeavours to unify
different anti-Brexit groups in order to demand voters are
given the final say rather than parliament on the deal
secured by Theresa May. .....
The campaign, which is led by the pro-EU campaign
group Open Britain and the European Movement, brings
together nine grassroots campaigning organisations in a
united push for a vote.
Both the Conservative and Labour parties have
ruled out a second referendum. Back in June 2016,
Britain voted to leave the EU by 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per
REPORT from The Guardian 16 April 2018
"Brexit looks bad on all fronts. Thatís
why weíre pushing for a peopleís vote
From the NHS to trade, the true impact of leaving is
becoming clearer. We deserve another say now that we know
the facts. .....
Brexit is certainly a big deal. Itís also shaping up
to be a miserable one. So the people have a right to
decide whether they still want Brexit once they know what
Quitting the EU will affect us for generations to
come. It will impact jobs, the NHS, the environment, our
ability to stand up to bullies across the world, our pride
and even the unity of the United Kingdom."
Hugo Dixon is chairman and editor-in-chief of InFacts, a founding
member of the Peopleís Vote campaign
15 April 2018 The Peopleís Vote campaign is backed by nine
anti-Brexit groups, eight of which now operate out of a
shared working space in Londonís Millbank Tower: Open
Britain, European Movement UK, Britain for Europe,
Scientists for EU, Healthier IN, InFacts, Our Future Our
Choice (OFOC), For our Futureís Sake (FFS), along with
Wales for Europe. https://www.open-britain.co.uk/launch_of_the_new_national_people_s_vote_campaign
Compared with other places, getting a referendum about
ANY matter of public concern is very difficult. As
reported above, both the Conservative and
Labour parties have ruled out a second referendum.
Only Parliament, usually acting on government
instructions, can permit a national referendum.
In some countries quite similar to ours a
major improvement over our UK democracy is that a very
large number of voters can refer a serious proposal to
the whole electorate and obtain a referendum-ballot,
WITHOUT having to beg the government to allow this.
To obtain a national referendum 10 percent
of the electorate must endorse the proposal. Time to
collect signatures: 12 months
For a referendum (abrogative), half a
million voters must endorse the proposal with only
three months to collect signatures (challenging ...).
To obtain a referendum 300,000 citizens
must demand one, within six weeks. The procedure
starts with an initiative-proposition which must be
supported by 10,000 voters.
Unfortunately, in the UK we are forced to plead with
our MPs and to lobby government, with no guarantee
that our wish to ballot all our fellow citizens will
succeed within a reasonable time. Or ever ...
Campaign for direct democracy in Britain
Citizens' Initiative and Referendum I&R ~ GB
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