The British Medical Association and the National Union of Students are the latest organisations to support calls for a referendum on the final Brexit deal- but how likely is it to happen?
Campaign groups “People’s Vote” and “Final Say” were launched earlier this year and are backed by some high profile celebrities, business leaders and MPs, even though the Conservative and Labour parties have so far appeared united in rejecting the notion.
Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly dismissed the idea of a second vote, but then in 2017 she U-turned on holding a snap election and – some would argue – proposed changes to social care.
As the prospect of a No-Deal Brexit is looming larger, there’s now mounting pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to raise the matter at the Labour Party conference in September and include it in the manifesto.
The next few months will be vital to the campaigns for another public vote, as details of the withdrawal treaty are due to be announced at the EU Summit in October – and this will no doubt magnify the situation.
If Parliament rejects the final deal, the case for a people’s vote would likely gather momentum – but further anger those that believe the vote in 2016 should stand. It’s an issue that doesn’t look likely to disappear any time soon, as deep divisions on Brexit remain.
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