Sir Patrick’s call for vote over Brexit

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

BUSI­NESS lead­ers and celebri­ties in­clud­ing Mir­field-born ac­tor Sir Patrick Ste­wart have launched a cam­paign for a pub­lic vote on the fi­nal Brexit deal.

The Peo­ple’s Vote cam­paign is aim­ing to unite anti-Brexit groups and a rally took place in Cam­den, Lon­don, yes­ter­day.

Sir Patrick, Emer­i­tus Chan­cel­lor at the Univer­sity of Hud­der­s­field, told the BBC that if peo­ple voted to re­ject the exit deal, the UK would “sim­ply stay” in the EU.

The UK is due to leave the EU in March 2019 fol­low­ing the ref­er­en­dum which saw Britain vote 51.9% to leave and 48.1% to re­main.

The Star Trek ac­tor told the BBC’s An­drew Marr Show that the “terms and con­di­tions” of Brexit were “quite un­like” how they were pre­sented dur­ing the run up to the 2016 ref­er­en­dum.

He said the Peo­ple’s Vote cam­paign would ar­gue that the pub­lic, not MPs, should get the fi­nal say on Brexit.

The ac­tor, who last Jan­uary said he was ‘em­bar­rassed to be Bri­tish’ in a tweet about Brexit, also said he was mo­ti­vated by “his­tory and emo­tion” to wants to stay in the EU.

“I’m a war baby and grow­ing up a lot of the world was not good. So the day we joined was one of the most ex­cit­ing days of my adult­hood,” he added.

Also speak­ing on the An­drew Marr Show, For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son re­sponded to the cam­paign. He said that the peo­ple’s vote had al­ready taken place.

He added: “They voted with a sub­stan­tial ma­jor­ity to leave the EU. We’re now try­ing to de­liver on that man­date from the peo­ple.”

Mr John­son ad­dressed the re­marks made by the Hol­ly­wood star.

“I think we’ll get a great re­sult and we’ll be able to have, not only a gi­gan­tic free trade deal with our friends and part­ners across the chan­nel, but we’ll be able to boldly go to ar­eas we per­haps ne­glected over the past five years.”

Mean­while in Hud­der­s­field a pro-EU ac­tivist draped the statue of Harold Wil­son in St George’s Square with the EU flag and a placed a plac­ard which says: “I was in then (1973) and I’m in now (2018). Our PM Harold.”

In the Euro­pean ref­er­en­dum in 1974, Hud­der­s­field-born PM Wil­son urged vot­ers to vote Yes to re­main­ing in the Euro­pean Com­mu­nity. The elec­torate voted 67% in favour of EC mem­ber­ship.

Seven mem­bers of Wil­son’s Cabi­net, in­clud­ing Tony Benn and Michael Foot, favoured with­drawal.

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