All-party Re­mainer MPs push case for new poll


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A CROSS-PARTY group of an­tiBrexit politi­cians has pub­lished pro­posed leg­is­la­tion to bring about a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.

The draft Bill rec­om­mends that the pub­lic be asked whether they want to re­main in the Euro­pean Union or leave un­der the Prime Min­is­ter’s deal. Or­gan­is­ers note that Ar­ti­cle 50 would have to be ex­tended in or­der for an­other poll to take place, mean­ing the UK would re­main a mem­ber of the EU be­yond March 29. The leg­is­la­tion could be in­tro­duced through the House of Lords un­der plans be­ing con­sid­ered by the group. It rec­om­mends the bal­lot paper be worded: “Should the United King­dom re­main a mem­ber of the Euro­pean Union or leave the Euro­pean Union on the ne­go­ti­ated terms?”

Tory for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral Do­minic Grieve said the Bill pro­vides the Gov­ern­ment with an “es­cape hatch” if there is no ma­jor­ity in Par­lia­ment for Theresa May’s deal or no deal.

The group has also drafted a “Paving Bill” de­signed to en­able the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion to start the con­sul­ta­tion around a ref­er­en­dum ques­tion and lead cam­paign des­ig­na­tion.

The news came as Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May trav­elled to Stoke-on-Trent to­day, a strongly leave-sup­port­ing area, to give a speech set­ting out why MPs should vote for her Brexit deal with the EU.


BAT­TLING ON: Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May tries to drum up sup­port for her Brexit deal.

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