All-party Remainer MPs push case for new poll
NEW MOVES ON EVE OF HISTORIC VOTE
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.