Groups campaigning for a People’s Vote will be out in force on the streets of Ealing on Saturday 8th December for a National Day of Action involving thousands of people across the UK, joined by Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, Rupa Huq MP and Stephen Pound MP.
The National Day of Action is being organised by activists and supporters from the People’s Vote campaign, just days before a crucial vote in Parliament on the government’s Brexit plans.
Julian Bell, the leader of Ealing Council, has agreed to join activists on Saturday, along with Dr Rupa Huq, the MP for Ealing Central and Acton, and Stephen Pound, the MP for Ealing North. Virendra Sharma has also been invited to attend the event.
Saturday’s National Day of Action follows the People’s Vote Summer of Action, which saw hugely successful rallies take place across the country, including in Bristol, Edinburgh, and in London, where the People’s Vote March for the Future saw a crowd of over 700,000 take to the streets.
As well as in Ealing, events are taking place all over the country, with thousands of activists and supporters involved. Street stalls will be set up in towns and cities the length and breadth of the country. This will be the last action day before Parliament votes on the deal on December 11th.
There will also be eleven regional flagship events throughout the country, as well as a rally in Sheffield to highlight that public opinion is moving away from supporting Brexit in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Opinion polls consistently show a clear majority of voters in most constituencies across Britain, including all three Ealing parliamentary constituencies, want their say on Brexit in a People’s Vote.
As part of the government’s Brexit deal, the UK has agreed to pay a £50 billion divorce bill, but we’ll get nothing in return. Instead, we’ll lose all our rights as an EU member – with less trade, fewer opportunities, and lower living standards.
British people will lose the right to live, work or study visa-free around Europe. And following what would be the biggest single biggest loss of sovereignty and control in British history, we would continue to follow EU rules, but have no say over how they’re made.
Even the government itself has now admitted that the Brexit deal will severely harm our economy. Dominic Raab, the Cabinet Minister who was supposedly responsible for negotiating Brexit, has said this deal is worse than staying in the EU.
Curtis Parfitt-Ford, of the Ealing European Movement, said:
“People don’t just have to accept a bad Brexit, they can demand their voice is heard. In every Ealing constituency, more than 60% of voters want a People's Vote on the final deal, and in both Ealing Central and Acton and Ealing Southall two-thirds of people do. The public needs to have the final say on this crucial decision because, in the end, only the people can really sort this mess out.”
Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said:
"The government’s Brexit deal is the worst of both worlds. It demonstrates clearly that the promises on which the referendum campaign was fought are undeliverable, while surrendering Britain’s seat at the table and our voice in Europe. This is a bad deal for Britain and a bad deal for Ealing. Now that we know what the deal looks like, it is time to give the people the chance to make an informed decision through a People’s Vote, with the option to remain, rather than parliament being given a false choice between a bad deal and crashing out. Ealing Council has backed a People’s Vote and I’d urge everyone to come along on Saturday to show their support for the people getting the final say."
The event will take place between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 8th December, outside Elizabeth Square/Christ the Saviour Church in Ealing Broadway. The Ealing European Movement invites volunteers to sign up here.
Notes to Editors
There will be a photo opportunity at the event at 2pm on Saturday.
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For Recent MRP (Multi-level Regression and Post-stratification) data showing how views on Brexit have changed by constituency, including data for all of Ealing's parliamentary constituencies, please see the report "The will of the people? Changing attitudes towards Brexit", available here.