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We’ll test the demand for a referendum

02 August, 2018

• DESPITE one of the hottest summers on record the Brexit negotiations seem frozen.

As we proceed with glacial slowness towards a resolution in March, this summer is going to be a decisive time in the battle to stop a hard and destructive Brexit that would devastate health services, send the pound crashing, and – the government has just told us – force us to hoard food.

The reason is that the tide is turning in favour of holding a People’s Vote on the terms of whatever deal the government manages to bring back from Brussels.

Former cabinet minister and London MP Justine Greening has called for the people to have the final say, as has Hampstead & Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq, and most recently The Independent news website.

Voters across Camden need to use the summer to send a strong message to Sir Keir Starmer, whose Holborn & St Pancras constituency includes most of the borough, that they want a vote on the final deal. So far he has said no.

Three-quarters of Camden voted – as did Sir Keir – to stay in the EU and they want their MP to reflect their views especially in October when Theresa May will bring a deal back to the Commons that is likely to dismay both Remainers and Leavers.

Open Britain Hampstead, the Camden branch of the national campaign, will be running street stalls and carrying out surveys of local residents and businesses over the summer in order to gauge the scale of demand for a referendum.

We know that Sir Keir is in a tricky spot as, whatever he thinks personally, he has to support the line of the Labour Party as its shadow Brexit secretary. But just as the Tory party has changed its opinions over the last two years so can Labour, especially if they get the message from the street.

Westminster has shown it is incapable of making a decision and with both Tories and Labour divided on the most momentous issue to face our country since the Second World War, the only truly equitable option is to give the people the final say.

This is where your readers can help. If everyone who reads this letter were to write one to him, Sir Keir Starmer would return to parliament after the recess to find a pile of thousands of letters on his desk.

MPs do respond to views of their constituents so if you want a final say on the Brexit deal please write to Sir Keir Starmer, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or email him at

Let’s turn up the heat and thaw out the Brexit paralysis.

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