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Nottingham People’s Vote Campaign urge MPs to back second vote

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Enthusiasts from the People’s Vote and the European Movement joined throngs of shoppers in Nottingham’s Old Market Square yesterday (8th December) to urge them to send a post card to their MPs to demand a second vote on Brexit.

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David Childs, Chair of the Notts European Movement, said: “Now that we have more information and we can see the chaos that is coming, many voters think a second vote is a good idea, but it will be a hard fight.”

A report to the council meeting on 12th November giving a Brexit update to councillors, states that it believes it is in the best interests of business, residents and the whole city of Nottingham for the UK to continue its membership of the European Union, while seeking reform on a number of key issues.

This was its stance in November 2015 – and the council’s position remains the same, stated the report.

The Chair of the Audit Committee’s report to the council meeting highlights that Nottingham has benefitted from significant European Funds in the past including funding for BioCity, Old Market Square, Nottingham Contemporary and the New Art Exchange.

The City has seen at least £190 million of EU funded projects since 2000 via the ERDF, ESF, Horizon 2020 and FP7 funding programmes, it reports. And over recent years, around £20 million of the total annual income from Nottingham’s two universities has been derived from research grants from EU sources.

Nottingham City Council has addressed the interests of all its citizens and recognises the best deal we have with the EU is the current one

Two Nottingham area MPs – Anna Soubry, Conservative MP for Broxtowe, and Chris Leslie, Labour and Cooperative MP for Nottingham East – are both keen supporters of the People’s Vote Campaign, which seeks to ensure that the government’s Brexit deal is put before the country in a public vote so that the people can decide if a decision that will affect lives for generations makes the country better or worse off.

Anna Soubry said: “Nottingham City Council has addressed the interests of all its citizens and recognises the best deal we have with the EU is the current one. Brexit is a mess and Leave voters were made all sorts of promises that cannot be delivered. I believe Nottingham City Council should now back the calls for a People’s Vote on any deal with Remain on the ballot paper.”

Nottingham’s local services are already squeezed for funding, so a hard Brexit that stifles our economy will just reduce tax revenues and lead to another decade of austerity

Chris Leslie said: “Nottingham’s local services are already squeezed for funding, so a hard Brexit that stifles our economy will just reduce tax revenues and lead to another decade of austerity. We literally cannot afford for this to happen – which is why the City Council should support a People’s Vote and give Nottingham residents a final say now we know the consequences.”

Members of the council are being recommended to reaffirm the existing council policy that the city council believes it is in the best interests of business, residents and the whole city of Nottingham for the UK to continue its membership of the European Union, while seeking reform on a number of key issues. They are also being recommended that all council service and project plans are reviewed with regard to Brexit and that a report of the status of the emergency planning with regard to Brexit is presented to the Audit Committee in the new year.

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