Leslie: Now is the time for a People's Vote. There is no more time to waste

26 February 2019

A cross-party amendment, paving the way for a People’s Vote, has been tabled by The Independent Group with support from others in the Scottish National Party, Liberal Democrats, and Plaid Cymru.

If passed, the motion will instruct the Prime Minister to table a motion in the House of Commons for debate and decision before 8 March 2019, which sets out the steps necessary for preparing a public vote on whether to proceed with exiting the European Union on terms agreed by Parliament, or to stay a member of the European Union.

Commenting on the tabling of the amendment, The Independent Group MP Chris Leslie said:

“At this eleventh hour it’s vital that preparations take place for a People’s Vote. This cross-party amendment would require the Prime Minister to take the steps needed now so the public could take control and break through the Brexit gridlock. There is no more time to waste.

"With Labour now signalling it may support a confirmatory referendum in the weeks ahead, there is no reason to hold back on vital measures to pave the way. If the Labour leadership support this amendment, we could make real progress on a People's Vote. Now is the time to put the national interest first. Parliament must act now.”

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Notes to editors

  1. Chris Leslie is the Member of Parliament for Nottingham East, since when he has taken on parliamentary roles including Shadow Chancellor and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He is a member of the International Trade Select Committee.
  2. There are 31 calendar days, and 20 parliamentary sitting days, until the legislated day for Brexit on 29 March 2019.
  3. More information on The Independent Group is available at our website:
    https://www.theindependent.group/
  4. You can follow The Independent Group on Twitter: @TheIndGroup
  5. The full text of the amendment and signatories, at the time of tabling:

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“and instructs the Prime Minister to table a motion in the House of Commons for debate and decision before the 8th March 2019 which sets out the steps necessary for preparing a public vote on whether to proceed with exiting the European Union on terms agreed by Parliament or to stay a member of the European Union.”

  1. Anna Soubry
  2. Vince Cable
  3. Joanna Cherry
  4. Liz Saville Roberts
  5. Chuka Umunna
  6. Jo Swinson
  7. Chris Leslie
  8. Tom Brake
  9. Luciana Berger
  10. Heidi Allen
  11. Anne Coffey
  12. Mike Gapes
  13. Joan Ryan
  14. Angela Smith
  15. Gavin Shuker
  16. Sarah Wollaston