Let’s have Peo­ple’s Vote on Brexit

Stockport Express - - Your Views - ANN COFFEY Labour MP for Stock­port

TWO years ago no­tice was given to the Euro­pean Union that we were with­draw­ing our mem­ber­ship. That comes into ef­fect in March 2019.

I voted against giv­ing no­tice as we had no idea of what sort of trade and cus­toms deal we could make with the EU at that time.

Two years later we still have no idea and we are run­ning out of time.

What­ever trade deal we get will be worse than the one we have.

In ad­di­tion bil­lions that could be spent on pub­lic ser­vices are be­ing spent on pre­par­ing our reg­u­la­tions for Brexit.

An­other £500 mil­lion was an­nounced in the bud­get by the Chan­cel­lor.

Cash that could have been spent on our schools or on the po­lice or on lo­cal coun­cil ser­vices in­stead of the ad­min­is­tra­tive costs of Brexit. And at the end of it there could be no trade deal.

That would have very se­ri­ous im­pli­ca­tions for our econ­omy. Greater Manch­ester is one of the re­gions that could be hit hard.

With ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment and less tax rev­enue there would be less money avail­able for pub­lic ser­vices. This would af­fect the poor­est and the need­i­est most.

Many peo­ple have con­tacted me lo­cally to say that they would like to see the fi­nal deal put to a vote where peo­ple can de­cide whether what is ac­tu­ally on of­fer is ac­cept­able to them with an op­tion to vote to re­main in the EU. I agree.

The facts are so far from the rhetoric and the lies about Brexit that there should be an op­por­tu­nity for a fi­nal Peo­ple’s Vote.

That was cer­tainly the view of the es­ti­mated 700,000 who marched to­gether with Stock­port for Europe in Lon­don on Oc­to­ber 20.

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