Bury Open Britain call on Conservative MP Jo Churchill to back people's vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal
Jo Churchill is facing calls to change her Brexit stance after an opinion poll showed Bury St Edmunds residents are now in favour of remaining.
The Conservative town MP, an assistant government whip, has so-far backed Theresa May’s deal to leave the European Union from March 29.
Her voting record follows a majority of St Edmundsbury residents voting for Brexit in 2016 - but the feeling has changed, according to Bury St Edmunds Open Britain.
The pro-EU pressure group asked the opinion of more than 70 town centre shoppers on Saturday (March 2) what deal is best for the UK, and how it should be decided.
The vast majority were shown to choose ‘staying in the EU’ and ‘a people’s vote’ in response to both respective questions.
Group lead Christina Birt said: “Our Brexitometer was only there for one hour, but we got a sense of trend and what was striking was the number of people who voted to leave, who have said they have changed their mind.
“So many talk about how they believed the ‘facts’ they were told at the time, such as the message on the side of the Vote Leave bus.
“I have regular conversations with Jo Churchill, where I say to her that with all the surveys we have done, that a clear majority are now supporting a people’s vote on a final deal.
“We have a working relationship with her and it is about respect and collaboration, as we approach this moment in history.”
Ms Birt is helping organise coaches from Bury St Edmunds to London on March 23 for supporters to attend a march in support of a people’s vote.
She has invited the town MP to attend the rally, which is expected to be formed of hundreds of thousands - just six days before the expected departure.
Mrs Churchill said: “I appreciate the strongly held opinions of those who seek a second referendum and their motivation. However, the correspondence I have received from the broader constituency does not demonstrate widespread support for a second referendum or divergence from the vote to leave locally that was higher than the national result.
As a democrat, I promised to implement the result from the referendum in 2016 and have not wavered from this view since. Indeed, at the 2017 General Election I stood on a manifesto to deliver the referendum result, as did the overwhelming majority of MPs.
"With the Meaningful Vote due to be put back before Parliament in the coming week, I remain convinced that leaving the EU in an orderly way with a deal, is best for businesses and the economy whilst upholding the result of the referendum.”
To find out more about the coaches to London, visit: www.peoples-vote.uk/coach_23_march_bury_st_edmunds