British Business Leaders Call For Second Brexit Vote

5th October 2018

The letter was coordinated by The People's Vote campaign, which wants a ballot on whether to accept the terms of the UK's departure from the European Union.

More than 70 British business leaders have signed a letter to the Sunday Times calling for a public vote on the UK's Brexit deal.

Waterstones CEO James Daunt and former Sainsbury's boss Justin King were among those saying a "destructive hard Brexit" will damage the UK economy, as were Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent Drinks, Martha Lane Fox, the founder of Lastminute.com, and Lord Myners, the former chairman of Marks and Spencer.

The letter was coordinated by The People's Vote campaign, which wants a ballot on whether to accept the terms of the UK's departure from the European Union.

It reads: "The business community was promised that, if the country voted to leave, there would continue to be frictionless trade with the EU and the certainty about future relations that we need to invest for the long term.

"Despite the Prime Minister's best efforts, the proposals being discussed by the government and the European Commission fall far short of this."

"The uncertainty over the past two years has already led to a slump in investment. We are now facing either a blindfold or a destructive hard Brexit.”

"Given that neither was on the ballot in 2016, we believe the ultimate choice should be handed back to the public with a People's Vote."

However, a second Brexit vote seems unlikely – Prime Minister Theresa May has said that asking the public to vote again would be a betrayal of the public's trust.


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