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Brexit – Has the tide turned in Luton?


“The Liberal Democrat position has always been consistent, that there should be an informed people’s vote once the terms and consequences of any final deal are known and that it should include the option to Remain. This is not about a second referendum or the best of three, it’s about giving the people a first informed choice and giving them control of what the ‘Will of the People’ actually means.” – Lee Bridgen, Chair of the Luton Liberal Democrat Party

Constituency-by-constituency research by Best for Britain has revealed that the tide is turning in Luton on Brexit.

Both Luton constituencies of Luton North and Luton South, represented in Parliament by the pro-Brexit suspended Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins and by Labour MP Gavin Shuker respectively, voted in favour of exiting the European Union in the 2016 Referendum.

However, according to the research, Luton South which was 55.4% in favour of leaving the EU in 2016, is now 54.8% in favour of remaining.  Luton North, which was 58.2% in favour of leaving the EU, has shown an even greater swing to 53.1% now in favour of remaining.

Despite the apparent evidence of the turning tide up and down the country, as well as controversies over the flagrant breaking of electoral law by the “vote leave” campaign leading up to the referendum, both Labour and Conservatives continue to define their respective shambolic versions of Brexit as “the will of the people”.

Luton Liberal Democrat Party Chair Lee Bridgen said, “The ‘Will of the People’ seems to have been hijacked by a Conservative Government that is making a mess of Brexit, with precious little opposition to this from a Labour leadership that continues to support them.  The Liberal Democrat position has always been consistent, that there should be an informed people’s vote once the terms and consequences of any final deal are known and that it should include the option to Remain.  This is not about a second referendum or the best of three, it’s about giving the people a first informed choice and giving them control of what the ‘Will of the People’ actually means.”

It seems that some of the moderate MP’s from both Labour and Conservative Parties are finally coming around to our way of thinking.  If you want a say on the final deal, this makes it all the more important that you write to your MP, asking them to support a people’s vote.  You can also join our Exit From Brexit Campaign via the national Liberal Democrats website.


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