Groups campaigning for a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal were out in force on Saturday 12 January for a National Day of Action, with groups taking part across the UK.
Local activists and supporters from the People’s Vote campaign held a street stall in St Albans on Saturday to demand a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. The volunteers spoke to shoppers and passersby of all ages and found a high degree of disatisfaction and anxiety about the mess the Government is making of Brexit and the looming crisis.
Hundreds of people stuck stickers on to the group’s ‘Brexitometer’, giving their views on ‘What is the best deal for St Albans?’ and ‘Who should decide the country’s future?’ As the Brexitometer shows, there is overwhelming support from the people of St Albans for a People’s Vote. Local people clearly want their voices back on Brexit, including people who voted to leave in 2016 and have changed their minds and now want to remain.
This was the final action day before Parliament votes on the Government’s proposed deal on 15 January. It follows on from the People’s Vote Summer of Action, which saw hugely successful rallies take place in Bristol, Edinburgh, and London, where the People’s Vote March for the Future saw a crowd of over 700,000 take to the streets.
As a raft of independent assessments - and even the Government themselves - have now acknowledged, the Government’s proposed Brexit would severely harm our economy, our NHS, and our standing in the world. It is widely expected to be voted down by Parliament.
People don’t just have to accept a bad Brexit, they can demand their voice is heard. The public needs to have the final say on this crucial decision because, in the end, only the people can really sort this out.
Fiona McAndrew, Chair of St Albans for Europe, which has been campaigning for a People’s Vote since April 2018, said:
“Our street stalls are always popular, but this time people were queueing up to put their stickers on our Brexitometer, in the vast majority of cases to show their support for a People’s Vote and staying in the E.U. Parliament is gridlocked on Brexit, the most important decision affecting our country since the Second World War – it’s time for the people of the UK to have their say.”
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We have supported similar action days in Letchworth, Royston and had regular events since this Action Day on 12th. We're always looking for more volunteers, so please sign up here if you'd like to help.