In Theresa May’s first speech to the House of Commons following her Brexit deal vote, which was dismissed by a 230-vote majority, the Prime Minister has publicly dismissed the possibility of the Government backing a second referendum.
In a speech detailing the Government’s plans and revisions to the Brexit deal following a record-breaking defeat in the House of Commons, May remarked that a second referendum would have “significant implications” for how referendums are handled, causing widespread criticism from supporters of the People’s Vote and the Labour Party.
Theresa May also stated that a second referendum would end up “strengthening the hand of those campaigning to break-up our United Kingdom” and that it was the duty of the Government to “implement to decision of the first one.”
The People’s Vote Campaign was first developed as a grassroots campaign over social media, most notably through the ‘#People’sVote’ movement. It was pushed by several influential celebrities and former news media pundits, such as Gavin Esler, former ITV4 news correspondent and current University of Kent Chancellor. The campaign currently claims to have over 700,000 supporters and 20,000 active members, as well as over a million followers on various social media accounts.
The campaign’s main goal was to call for a second referendum over whether the UK will formally leave the European Union due to allegations that the true implications of Brexit were kept from the public during the run-up to the first referendum.
However, Jeremy Corbyn called the Prime Minister in “deep denial” about her deal, and that the Government’s Brexit deal is entirely “undeliverable”.
Several Journalists and political analysts have also questioned the nature of May’s “Plan B” Brexit deal as simply being an attempt to talk MPs into agreeing with Plan A instead of any substantial changes that could change politician’s minds after May also announced that there would be no delay to Brexit and no changes to the possibility of a No-Deal Brexit.