Bury St Edmunds Open Britain calls on Theresa May to deliver 'people's vote' ahead of Brexit debate
Remain campaigners in Bury St Edmunds have renewed calls for a ‘people’s vote’ ahead of today’s Brexit debate.
Activists claim their poll taken on Saturday shows residents now want a referendum on a final deal - something MPs could discuss this afternoon (Tuesday, January 29).
In the 2016 referendum, St Edmundsbury voters elected for Britain to leave the European Union by 56 per cent.
Christina Birt, leader of Bury St Edmunds Open Britain, said three-quarters of Bury shoppers participating in her pressure group’s ‘Brexitometer’ voted for ‘people’s vote’ as a way to break the Westminster deadlock, over ‘MPs’ and ‘the Government’.
"It is now clear that what was promised in the referendum two and a half years ago simply can’t be delivered,” she said.
“Whichever way you voted nobody voted for a deal that makes us poorer and leaves us with less control.
"We need our MPs to urgently rescue the situation before any more damage is done. A people's vote is what the majority of constituents want."
Theresa May is set to open today’s talks in Parliament, which could shape discussions over a future EU-leaving strategy.
Bury MP Jo Churchill has loyally backed the prime minister in all Brexit votes so far, as has West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock - the health secretary.
But Mrs May is needing to win support from all corners of her own party, and appeal to opposition members, for a deal to be agreed.