More than 60 business leaders call for vote on Brexit deal

Lester Mason
November 7, 2018

More than 70 business figures are calling for a public vote on the final terms of Britain's exit from the European Union, warning that the country faces "either a blindfold or a destructive hard Brexit", the newspaper reported. As we report today, over 60 per cent of global investors surveyed by the European private equity and venture capital trade association, Invest Europe, say they are more likely to invest in the United Kingdom post-Brexit, up from 30 per cent this time a year ago.

The new campaign Business for a People's Vote has received more than 70 backers, including former Treasury minister Lord Myners, the co-founder of lastminute.com, and head of auto parts supplier Unipart.

Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent Drinks and Martha Lane Fox, the founder of Lastminute.com - who both campaigned for Remain - signed the letter, as did Lord Myners, the former chairman of Marks and Spencer. "They will be bad for business and bad for working people".

The letter obtained by the Sunday Times says relations with the bloc proposed by the government are "not almost as good as the current deal we have inside the European Union".

'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'.

Waterstones chief executive James Daunt told the BBC: "All the paper we use is imported".


It feels like the right time to be flying the flag with just a few months to go before the looming possibility of a cataclysmic Brexit, said one of the people who has signed it.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has also today called for MPs to "give the people the final say".

Her latest plan for Brexit would resolve the Northern Irish border problem with customs checks happening in factories rather than at the border.

"The Prime Minister has been clear that we are making good progress on the future relationship and 95 per cent of the withdrawal agreement is now settled and negotiations are ongoing".

The letter argues that "democratic government is not frozen in time" and that the 2016 referendum on Brexit was flawed as "Voters faced a choice between a known reality and an unknown alternative".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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