With just days before Parliament votes on the Brexit deal the Newham Liberal Democrats call for the Members of Parliament that represent our Borough to support a 'People’s Vote', publicly and at Parliament, before any version of Brexit.
In the 2016 Referendum, Newham residents voted to Remain in the European Union and furthermore recent opinion polls indicate that there has been a significant swing in favor of a 'People’s Vote' on the final Brexit deal, all across the UK and most significantly in our Borough.
The Government’s own impact assessments show that the UK is likely to be worse off in every scenario after Brexit, and that can be devastating in local areas where the levels of poverty and homelessness are already alarming like Newham.
There are also a large number of non-UK EU nationals living in Newham who are concerned about the impact of Brexit on their lives, and that their current rights are not being fully protected.
We therefore ask our Newham MPs to formally add their voices to those calling for a public “People’s Vote” on the final Brexit Deal and to persuade others in Parliament to do this.
We also ask Newham Council to pass a motion in support of a People’s Vote on the Final Brexit Deal.
Last month the Newham Green Party wrote to Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz, calling on her and the council to publicly back a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal with the option to Remain in the European Union.
On a statement released on social media, the Newham Liberal Democrats supported this call.
Replying to these calls, Rokshana Fiaz wrote: “I'm already submitting a motion at forthcoming Full Council calling for a People's Vote”.
Contrary to her words, there was no People’s Vote motion submitted at the last Council Meeting on 26th November – the meeting after her statement –and there is not a mention to a People’s Vote motion on the Agenda for next Council Meeting, December the 10th.