MP Owen backs call for second Brexit vote
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