Ma­jor­ity back peo­ple’s vote

YouGov poll finds huge sup­port

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

A ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in Perth and Kin­ross back a ‘peo­ple’s vote’ on the fi­nal Brexit agree­ment, ac­cord­ing to a new poll.

New polling from YouGov sug­gests that, while sup­port for a new vote is lower across the re­gion than Scot­land as a whole, there is a ma­jor­ity.

When don’t knows are re­moved, 58.1 per cent of vot­ers in Perth and North Perthshire want to go to the polls again, along with 58.9 per cent on Ochil and South Perthshire.

In Perth and Kin­ross, 61.1 per cent of vot­ers backed Brexit on a 73.8 per cent turnout in 2016.

The re­sults come af­ter cam­paign group Perth4Europe wel­comed two speak­ers to talk in the city.

Both Labour peer An­drew Ado­nis and Kirsty Hughes from the Scot­tish Cen­tre on Euro­pean Re­la­tions ad­dressed a Fair City crowd, to talk on Brexit and its im­pact on Scot­land.

The two speak­ers en­ter­tained the cam­paign­ers at the Soutar The­atre in AK Bell Li­brary and the lec­ture the­atre at Perth Mu­seum and Art Gallery.

Su­san­nah Rae from Perth 4 Europe, said: “There was a large turnout at the Soutar The­atre on Oc­to­ber 27 with good cross-party rep­re­sen­ta­tion, as well as many with no po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion, com­ing to hear an ex­cel­lent - and in­spir­ing - talk from the Labour peer An­drew Ado­nis.

“His view is that Brexit was fu­elled by English na­tion­al­ism, that there is no fu­ture as­pect of the UK which is go­ing to be en­hanced by Brexit, that the two best lead­ers in the Bri­tish Isles cur­rently are Nicola Stur­geon and Leo Varad­kar and that there should be a peo­ple’s vote in which ev­ery­body in the UK and North­ern Ire­land is sent a copy of the fi­nal Brexit deal and asked to vote ei­ther for that or to re­main in the EU, the same way that ev­ery­one in Ire­land and North­ern Ire­land was sent a copy of the Good Fri­day Agree­ment be­fore the ref­er­en­dum.”

She con­tin­ued: “Kirsty also gave a

An anti-Brexit demo in Perth ear­lier this year very in­ter­est­ing talk, dis­cussing the ex­tra­or­di­nary hoops that Theresa May is jump­ing through to try and pla­cate the hard­line leavers in the Con­ser­va­tive party and not­ing the high lev­els of un­cer­tainly more than two years on from the EU ref­er­en­dum.

“Kirsty Hughes said that the ‘no deal’ no­tices are thin and in some cases con­tra­dic­tory and that 80 per cent of CBI mem­bers have de­layed or cut back on in­vest­ment as a re­sult of Brexit un­cer­tainty.

“She also pointed out that if Brexit hap­pens we will still be talk­ing about the con­se­quences and is­sues in 10 years time.

“If peo­ple are bored of Brexit, the only way out is to stop it, prob­a­bly via a peo­ple’s vote, and get on with all the things that need to be done.”


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