12 October 2018
The Green Party are putting forward a motion to Exeter City Council next Tuesday  urging councillors to back a ‘People’s Vote’  on the final Brexit deal. Campaigners are expected to provide a colourful and noisy reception to councillors as they arrive at the Guildhall for the meeting which begins at 6pm.
There has been increasing public and cross-party support for such a vote in recent months, with one petition heading towards a million signatures . Greens and Lib Dems have long supported the idea and at Labour’s autumn conference delegates passed a motion which agreed to keep ‘all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote’ . In the South West, a recent poll found that people across the region back a vote on the Brexit deal by a margin of 42% to 35%  and a majority across the country now favour remaining in the EU .
The Green motion comes days ahead of a People’s Vote rally in London next Saturday  and follows a similar rally in June this year which attracted 100,000 people . Organisers are hoping for many more to join the October rally.
Greens point to the fact that 55% of Exeter residents who voted in the EU referendum opted to remain in the EU and that Exeter sends a greater proportion of its exports to the EU than any other UK city.
The motion calls on the City Council to express support publicly for a People’s Vote on the final terms of any Brexit deal and to write to local MP, Ben Bradshaw, and the Prime Minister, Theresa May, informing them of Exeter City Council’s decision to support such a vote.
Chris Musgrave, Green councillor for Alphington, said:
“The EU referendum should be seen as the beginning of a democratic process, not the end of one. In light of the changing mood of people across the region, and the strong support for EU membership in Exeter by residents and businesses, I hope councillors will agree it’s time to back a People’s Vote. The serious breaches of electoral law by the Leave campaign also strengthens the case for such a poll and casts doubt on the legitimacy of the result of the 2016 EU referendum.
“For many people, the economic, environmental and social impacts of Brexit have only become apparent since the referendum. It is clear we now need a vote on the reality of what Brexit actually means rather than the false promises that the Leave side offered. It’s time to let the people decide the best way forward, and this must include an option to remain in the EU.”
Lib Dem councillor, Kevin Mitchell, will propose the motion in Clllr Musgrave's absense. He said:
"On the 23rd of June 2016 the British people voted to begin the process of the UK leaving the European Union. This was the start of the process, not the end. Over the last two years a lot has changed and ultimately the British people and not the politicians should be allowed to determine whether they still wish to go ahead with that decision or whether they now wish to remain within the European Union.
"Brexit crosses political boundaries so I am calling upon all my City Council colleagues to support this motion and in doing so help to ensure the British people get the final say."
 http://committees.exeter.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=114&MId=5798&Ver=4 See item 17 for full motion. In the absence of Chris Musgrave, Cllr Kevin Mitchell will propose the motion.
Green Party Motion to Exeter City Council [with further links]
Proposed by Cllr Chris Musgrave. Seconded by Cllr Kevin Mitchell.
This Council notes:
This Council believes:
This Council resolves:
 Cities Outlook 2017 See page 19.
Cllr Chris Musgrave: 07872301974
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