MP Owen backs call for sec­ond Brexit vote

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Pic­ture: CLAIRE WIL­LIAMS A NORTH Wales MP has thrown his weight be­hind calls for a sec­ond Brexit ref­er­en­dum, af­ter de­scrib­ing the UK Govern­ment’s EU ne­go­ti­a­tions as “a mess”.

The Peo­ple’s Vote cam­paign, which is lob­by­ing for a vote on the fi­nal deal Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May se­cures with the EU, is re­port­edly try­ing to se­cure a mo­tion on the is­sue at the Labour Party’s an­nual con­fer­ence in Liver­pool next month.

Among the group’s aims is to com­mit the party to back­ing a new ref­er­en­dum on the fi­nal deal with Brus­sels be­fore Bri­tain leaves the EU in March next year.

Prom­i­nent back­ers of the cam­paign, which is co-chaired by anti-Brexit MPs Chuka Umunna and Anna Soubry, in­clude Sir Patrick Stewart and Gary Lineker.

But, de­spite his own con­stituency nar­rowly vot­ing in favour of leav­ing the EU, Labour MP Al­bert Owen has thrown his weight be­hind the group’s calls for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum. In the 2016 poll, is­lan­ders voted by 19,333 to 18,618 to leave the EU, mak­ing it one of the clos­est re­sults in Wales. But, ac­cord­ing to Mr Owen, who has rep­re­sented Ynys Môn since 2001, the de­ci­sion on a deal should not be one left to Par­lia­ment alone. “It’s clear that the one thing that unites the pub­lic on the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions is that it is a mess, with the Govern­ment divided and the com­pro­mise Che­quers Agree­ment un­likely to get Par­lia­men­tary or even Tory party sup­port,” he said. “The de­ci­sion on a deal should not be left to Par­lia­ment alone, and I have come to the con­clu­sion that the best and most demo­cratic way is for a Peo­ple’s Vote on the fi­nal deal or even no deal. “Let me be clear, I re­spected the 2016 EU ref­er­en­dum re­sult and man­date to en­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions and voted to trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50, but the UK Govern­ment has failed to come up with work­able so­lu­tions to Brexit.” Mr Owen’s com­ments come af­ter a mo­tion was passed by An­gle­sey coun­cil ear­lier this year, call­ing for a “soft” Brexit, amid fears over the im­pact on Holy­head port. There have long been warn­ings that some of the 1,000 jobs at Holy­head could be at risk if North­ern Ir­ish ports continued to en­joy a “soft” border with the Repub­lic, while more strin­gent checks were im­ple­mented at ports on the Bri­tish main­land. Mr Owen said: “The 2016 Ref­er­en­dum re­sult was to get out, but not to lose out, and since then the facts have changed. “No­body knew we’d have to pay the EU a mas­sive £40bn di­vorce bill, or a no deal of stock­piles of medicines.

“My con­stituency of Ynys Môn is on the front line of Brexit and its ne­go­ti­a­tions are head­ing to­wards a bad or no deal. That will be dev­as­tat­ing for my con­stituents, for Wales and for the rest of the THERE was a very fa­mous face dish­ing out the pies, pasties and cakes at a North Wales bak­ery.

Co­me­dian Johnny Ve­gas was spot­ted at Cen­tral Bak­ery, in Beau­maris, An­gle­sey, and the star was so taken by the place he popped be­hind the counter to give the staff a hand and shop­pers a shock. The fun­ny­man seemed far from tempted by the treats and in­stead was hap­pily get­ting in­volved with the day-to-day running of the shop.

Bak­ery owner Claire Roberts couldn’t be­lieve her eyes when the Benidorm star rolled up his sleeves: “I’d heard he was here on hol­i­day and one of my staff men­tioned she’d seen him walk past the shop win­dow.

“When he walked by again and we re­alised it was him, we stopped him to ask for a photo with the staff. But, as he was pos­ing be­hind the counter, a cus­tomer came in, and that was it, he was waf­fling on about gluten-free and all sorts.

“The wo­man, I think, had an idea of who he was – she looked to one of our staff, who nod­ded.

“He was great fun, he was just having a laugh. I told him he had to take a sou­venir, so I said he could have some Bara Brith – but only if he could pro­nounce it per­fectly. He did a pretty good job, and he went off down the street shout­ing BARA BRITH, BARA BRITH!” UK. To me, it’s not about the 48% or the 52%, it’s about jobs and the liv­ing stan­dards of the 100% of UK cit­i­zens.

“A Peo­ple’s Vote on the fi­nal deal would be taken with the full knowl­edge of the ev­i­dence. That is what is needed to re­solve the Brexit mess.”

It’s Ve­gas in Beau­maris – comic Johnny Ve­gas vis­its Cen­tral Bak­ery

MP Al­bert Owen

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