Letters: Few voted for Brexit to make them poorer - we all deserve a final say

PUBLISHED: 19:00 06 July 2018

Anti-Brexit demonstrators fill Parliament Square in central London, during the People's Vote march, which called for a vote on the final Brexit deal. Photo: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment.

Anti-Brexit demonstrators fill Parliament Square in central London, during the People's Vote march, which called for a vote on the final Brexit deal. Photo: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment.

Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Two years on from the referendum, the public call for a People’s Vote vote is clear.

Some 48% of voters now say they want a second poll on the final deal Theresa May negotiates with the EU, compared to just 25% who disagree.

This is hardly a surprise. A report from the Centre for European Reform recently highlighted that the economy is 2% smaller than it would have been had Britain not voted for Brexit. This equates to a hit to public finances of £23 billion a year, or £440 million a week. It is hardly a coincidence that since the referendum UK has dropped below Italy to become the slowest-growing economy in the G7.

It is also clearly no fluke the UK motor industry has seen investment half in the first half of this year, according to the latest research from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. It is not a coincidence either that BMW, Siemens and Airbus have warned of the dire implications of Brexit for their businesses, with threats to relocate.

There are few who voted for Brexit in the belief it would make them poorer. The politicians will, one would anticipate, deliver some sort of deal. It is up to the public to give its view on whether the deal, and more importantly its implications, are what it wants.

Alex Orr

Edinburgh

Thank you very much for printing my heartfelt letter about the People’s Vote march last week. I was rather flattered to see it appear under the banner headline ‘March shows young are losing their faith in Corbyn’.

For the record I am 69 – a couple of months younger than the NHS to who I literally owe both my life (emergency heart bypass) and those of my twin

sons, who were born two months prematurely.

There is and never will be any Brexit dividend for the NHS. The BMA were right to back a People’s Vote. Why was it so under-reported in the mainstream media?

Pete Solan

PS: I don’t have any faith in Corbyn either.

I looked through your People’s Vote march souvenir and could find no mention of the woman who got the largest and longest applause and shouts at the rally.

She is possibly the most radical MP in parliament, a certain Caroline Lucas, who fights endlessly for all our campaigns!

John Marjoram

Stroud

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