People's vote campaign launched to push for a referendum on Brexit deal

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Supported by numerous key players in the Tony Blair-backed Remain continuity campaign Open Britain, the People's Vote is pushing for a "public vote" on the final Brexit deal.

Business leaders and celebrities including Mirfield-born actor Sir Patrick Stewart have launched a campaign for a public vote on the final Brexit deal.

At a launch in north London, lawmakers from both the governing Conservative Party and opposition Labour joined with hundreds of others to press for what they described as a "people's vote" on Brexit.

The majority of people in the United Kingdom want a "people's vote" on the final Brexit deal, according to a new survey in which some 52% of respondents expressed support for the idea.

The British parliament's only Green MP, Caroline Lucas, said: "This is too big and too important to be determined exclusively by politicians".

Respondents were asked to what extent they supported or opposed the public voting on the final Brexit deal the British government makes with the EU.

Sir Patrick, Emeritus Chancellor at the University of Huddersfield, told the BBC that if people voted to reject the exit deal, the United Kingdom would "simply stay" in the EU.

Speaking at the rally, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said: "We'll do everything we can in Parliament for a people's vote".

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Open Britain chief James McGrory said Brexit was "not inevitable".

"Brexit will affect everybody in the country, which is why it should not be left to 650 politicians to decide our future but 65 million people".

Stewart said his alter egos, Star Trek's Jean-Luc Picard and the X-Men's Charles Xavier, were "excellent, admirable" individuals concerned about the well-being of all and "they would have voted Remain".

Also speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson responded to the campaign.

In the seismic June 2016 referendum on Britain's European Union membership, 52 percent of the UK's British, Irish and Commonwealth residents, plus Britons overseas who had lived in Britain in the last 15 years, voted to leave.

The UK will formally cease to be an European Union member in March 2019, with a deal expected by October this year.

He added that "history and emotion" led him to want to stay in the EU. "We're now trying to deliver on that mandate from the people".

"(We) will be able to boldly go again to areas that perhaps we have neglected. friendly wonderful places where we can renew old friendships, rebuild relationships and develop fantastic new free trade deals".

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