Greens press for ‘people’s vote’
THE Green Party is holding a rally in the West Country today with the intention of pushing the case for second referendum.
The pro-EU party will be holding the event in Bristol, during their three-day conference at City Hall, in support of a so-called ‘people’s vote’ on the final Brexit deal.
Prime Minister Theresa May used her Conservative Party conference speech this week to explicitly rule out holding a second vote, saying it was akin to “telling people they got it wrong the first time and should try again”.
But the Greens are determined to keep the door open to remaining in the European Union, calling for the Government to allow the public to have the final say.
The rally will see party members and other second referendum sup- porters descend on College Green at 12.40pm to listen to senior Green figures speak.
South West MEP Molly Scott Cato, who contested the Bristol West constituency at last year’s general election, Brighton MP Caroline Lucas and recently elected party co-leader Sian Berry will address the crowd.
In a direct criticism of the Labour Party, Ms Scott Cato said a vote on the Brexit deal “must include a remain option”, declaring it the “only realistic way through the deadlock” in Parliament.
The Labour Party opted to keep a second European vote as an “option” during its party conference in Liverpool, but shadow chancellor John McDonnell hinted that it would only be on the future Brexit direction, with no option of staying in the EU.
Ms Scott Cato said: “While nine in 10 Labour members support a ‘people’s vote’ and many Labour MPs do, too, the party’s leadership still needs some convincing. Greens are unequivocal in our commitment to such a vote and that it must include a remain option. To deny people that option would mean it isn’t a people’s vote at all as it would totally disenfranchise the millions – now forming the majority – who want to stay in.”
Ms Lucas, the Green’s only MP, said Mrs May was looking “increasingly isolated on Brexit” and that giving the public a say on the next step was “the only way out of this mess.”