British lawmakers, celebrities call for people's vote on Brexit


Lawmakers, celebrities and business leaders launched a campaign on Sunday to call for a vote on any final Brexit deal, stepping up a campaign to try to stop what they describe as Britain's damaging departure from the European Union.

At a launch in north London, lawmakers from both the governing Conservative Party and opposition Labour joined with hundreds of others to press for what they described as a"people's vote" on Brexit.

Both Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives and the main opposition Labour Party have ruled out a second referendum after Britons voted 52-48 percent to leave the bloc almost two years ago, and the country is due to leave the EU in March next year.

Actor Patrick Stewart, a supporter of the People's Vote campaign, said campaigners were not asking for a second referendum, but rather wanted "another chance to consider what the terms of this divorce are going to be".

"As time has gone by ... the information that we are receiving about the terms and conditions of that separation are quite unlike the terms and conditions that were spoken of so loosely during the 2016 campaign," he told the BBC.

Some opinion polls have shown a slight shift in favour of remaining in the European Union, but there has yet to be a decisive change in attitudes and many in Britain say they have become increasingly bored by Brexit.

May has repeatedly said she will deliver what she calls the will of the people and on Sunday Foreign Minister Boris Johnson voiced optimism for the kind of deal Britain could win.

"People had a vote, it was a great vote, and they voted with a substantial majority to leave the EU," he told the BBC.

He went on to directly answer Stewart, who he mistakenly suggested had worked on "Star Wars." Stewart had a role in "Star Trek: The Next Generation".

"(We) will be able to boldly go again to areas that perhaps we have neglected ... friendly wonderful places where we can renew old friendships, rebuild relationships and develop fantastic new free trade deals."

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You shouldn't vote for something about which you haven't educated yourself thoroughly.

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Some people just cannot come to terms with the result.

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The people voted and spoke and the government must honor that regardless what the Brexit will mean and a referendum about a referendum is not needed or useful. I don't have the British vote anymore, because the current government removed the right to vote for citizens living out of the country for more than 15 years. I would have voted against the Brexit.

It was the current government which created the Brexit Referendum in the first place, stupid dumb because they thought it would be defeated.

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The people voted and spoke and the government must honor that regardless 

Or they could let the people vote again and see if they feel strongly differently, on sober reflection. I don't think the government can unilaterally say, "Stuff the referendum results - we'll do what we think is best." However, even if they can't make a fair claim that there was outside meddling (fake news campaigns by foreign actors, etc.), they could offer it up for a re-vote, now that the public is more informed about what Brexit means, costs, and looks like. It seems down-right sensible.

And if the public again produce and Exit majority, then away they break.

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How many times the liberals want to vote for the Brexit?

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Whats done is done what Brits do is up to them they had special status for as long as they were part of the EU let them sort it out, and no a re thread of a referendum isn't going to fix it, you can't constantly do a re election every time you get results you don't like then what is the point of a referendum in the first place?

They made their bed now they have to lie in it and now bargain with a weaker prime minister.

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