Kingston Council supports a People's Vote

Members voted in favour of a motion last night, 13 September, to support the growing campaign for a 'People's Vote' on a future Brexit deal.

Leader of Kingston Council, Cllr Liz Green, proposed a motion that was seconded by the Deputy Leader Cllr Malcolm Self, highlighting the council's concern over the Brexit plans and agreeing that there should be another public vote on the terms negotiated.

The motion was carried by 31 votes in favour and 0 votes against, with Liberal Democrat councillors unanimously supporting the vote. No Conservative councillors were present.

A referendum was held on 23 June 2016, to decide whether the UK should ‘leave’ or ‘remain’ in the European Union. ‘Leave’ won by 51.9% to 48.1%. The referendum turnout was 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting. Within the borough itself, 61.6% (52,533 votes) voted to remain in the European Union compared to 38.4% (32,737 votes) who voted to leave. The turnout locally was 78.3%.

Cllr Liz Green, Leader of the council, said:

"The majority of Kingston residents voted to remain in the EU. I along with many other people are worried about the impact of Brexit and the People's Vote campaign allows residents to make a final decision about our membership of the European Union (EU), once we know what deal may be available.

“There is insufficient detail available, leaving the council and all partners, businesses and residents struggling to accurately predict the impact, and therefore unable to plan. Our motion, as well as supporting a People’s Vote, also helps us ensure we are assessing the implication of leaving the EU.”

There is a deadline of 29 March 2019 to negotiate a withdrawal agreement, or to unanimously agree an extension. On this date, all EU law will transpose into UK law, following which the Government decides which of the 17,000 regulations to keep, amend or discard.