17 October 2018
A motion to Exeter City Council backing a ‘People’s Vote’  on the final Brexit deal passed with a large majority at the full council meeting last night. The motion , put forward by Green Party councillor Chris Musgrave, secured 21 votes in favour, with only 7 against. Campaigners provided a colourful reception to councillors as they arrived for the meeting, waving EU flags and urging councillors to vote in favour of the motion. Andrew Bell, a Green Party activist who attended the meeting, said:
“We heard speech after impassioned speech in favour not only of a People’s Vote but also of remaining part of the EU. I am delighted that nearly all the Labour councillors at the meeting supported this motion, it demonstrates they understand the potentially devastating impacts Brexit could have on the people of Exeter and how important our relationship with the EU is. 70% of exports from the city are destined for EU countries, a higher proportion than any other city in the UK  and confidence among local businesses that a successful deal can be reached with the EU is rock bottom .”
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 MPs, Ben Bradshaw and Hugo Squire as well as Prime Minister Theresa May, informing them of Exeter City Council’s decision to support such a vote.
Chris Musgrave, Green councillor for Alphington, said:
“I’m delighted that the vast majority of councillors have recognised that the EU referendum should be seen as the beginning of a democratic process not the end of one. With the government making a total shambles of the Brexit negotiations, the changing mood of people across the region towards Brexit, and strong support for EU membership in Exeter, it is clear we now need a vote on the reality of what Brexit actually means.
In Cllr Musgrave’s absence, the motion was proposed by Lib Dem councillor for Duryard and St James, Kevin Mitchell. He said:
“Brexit crosses political boundaries and I am pleased that this important motion gained cross-party support. Exeter City Council now officially recognises that it is time to let the people decide the best way forward, and this must include an option to remain in the EU.”
Many thousands are expected to join a People’s Vote march in London this Saturday . A similar event in June saw 100,000 take to the streets .
 See full motion passed and further notes below
Green Party Motion to Exeter City Council [with further links]
Proposed by Cllr Kevin Mitchell and seconded by Cllr Luke Sills.
This Council notes:
This Council believes:
That the EU referendum on 23rd June 2016 should be considered the beginning of a democratic process, not the end of one.
This Council resolves:
[AMENDMENT AGREED AT THE FULL COUNCIL MEETING]
 http://www.centreforcities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Cities-Outlook-2017-Web.pdf See page 19.
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