Brown: There will be sec­ond pub­lic vote over Brexit

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GOR­DON Brown has pre­dicted that there will be an­other ref­er­en­dum on Brexit be­cause the peo­ple will de­mand a “fi­nal say” on the deal which is agreed with Brus­sels.

The former prime min­is­ter’s re­marks will be a boost to the Peo­ple’s Vote cam­paign.

How­ever, they did not con­tain any spe­cific timescale on when such as plebiscite might take place.

Speaking in Ed­in­burgh, Mr Brown said: “I’m pretty con­vinced there will be a ref­er­en­dum some­time.

“It will, in the end, be the only way to sort out the prob­lem.”

The former Labour leader added: “The peo­ple, even though they don’t like the idea of a di­vi­sive ref­er­en­dum, will even­tu­ally de­mand a fi­nal say.”

The cam­paign for a vote on the fi­nal Brexit deal has gained mo­men­tum in re­cent weeks fol­low­ing a num­ber of an­nounce­ments from lead­ing politi­cians.

Not only are the Lib­eral Democrats and some Labour MPS sup­port­ing it, Ni­cola Stur­geon last week threw the SNP’S weight be­hind the pub­lic hav­ing a say on the fi­nal deal.

Cam­paign­ers in­sist that this must in­clude the op­tion of stay­ing in the EU.

Ian Black­ford, the Na­tion­al­ist leader at West­min­ster, has de­nied he has changed his po­si­tion on the hold­ing of a Peo­ple’s Vote.

A few weeks ago, he sug­gested he was against it – stress­ing that the party lead­er­ship had “firmed up” its view.

„ Gor­don Brown: Peo­ple will de­mand a fi­nal say.

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