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People's Vote
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People's Vote march, London, 23 June 2018
Type Campaign group
Purpose Calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union
Chuka Umunna

People's Vote is a British campaign group calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union. The group was launched in April 2018 at an event at which four Members of Parliament spoke, as well as the actor Patrick Stewart[1] along with various representatives of civil society.


Early history[edit]

In July 2017 an all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on EU relations was established.[2][3] Co-chairs are Chuka Umunna MP (Labour) and Anna Soubry MP (Conservative), the remaining members of the group comprise: Caroline Lucas MP (Green), Jo Swinson MP (Liberal Democrats), Jonathan Edwards (Plaid Cymru), Stephen Gethins MP (Scottish National Party), Ros Altmann (Conservative), Andrew Adonis (Labour), John Kerr (Crossbench), Sharon Bowles (Liberal Democrats) and Dafydd Wigley (Plaid Cymru).[2][4]

On 1 February 2018 The Guardian reported that a grassroots coordinating group (GCG) representing more than 500,000 members, opposed to a hard Brexit, had formed with Umunna as its leader.[5] Later that month it was reported that George Soros's Open Society Foundations had donated £182,000 to European Movement UK and £35,000 to Scientists for EU, two of the grassroot groups.[6][7]

In March 2018 HuffPost reported that several pro-EU groups had moved into an office together in London’s Millbank Tower so that they could better co-ordinate their campaign to keep strong links between Britain and the European Union. This was also reported to be in order to work alongside the APPG on EU Relations. Umunna commented, “In our democracy, it is vital that the people get their say on Brexit, rather than their elected representatives in Parliament being reduced to some rubber stamp for whatever plan Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Michael Gove have been putting together behind closed doors".[8]

People's Vote was launched at an event in London on 15 April 2018, at The Electric Ballroom in Camden.[9] The event comprised Andy Parsons with MPs Chuka Umunna, Anna Soubry, Layla Moran (Liberal Democrats) and Caroline Lucas (Green Party) speaking as well as actor Patrick Stewart. Lord Adonis also attended the event.[1][10]

June 2018 onwards[edit]

On 23 June 2018, the second anniversary of the EU referendum, People's Vote organised a march and protest from Piccadilly to Parliament Square in Central London. Speakers included Tony Robinson (actor) - who criticised the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for not attending the march.[11][12], Gina Miller (business owner), Vince Cable (Liberal Democrats Leader), David Lammy (Labour), Caroline Lucas (Green Party co-Leader) and Soubry.[11] An estimated 100,000 people attended the march.[13][14]

The Independent wrote an editorial on 24 July 2018 calling for a "final say on the Brexit deal".[15][16] Over the next two weeks the television presenter Gary Lineker,[17] the satirist Armando Iannucci,[18] broadcaster Gavin Esler, comedian Rory Bremner, and former Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell[19] also announced their support for the campaign.

In August 2018 the co-founder of Superdry, Julian Dunkerton, donated £1m to the campaign.[20][21] In the same month the Press Association reported that, according to a leaked memo, People's Vote were attempting to secure a motion calling for a second referendum at the 2018 Labour Party conference.[22]

In September 2018, BBC News reported that the Conservative MP's Sarah Wollaston, Phillip Lee, Heidi Allen and Guto Bebb had joined the campaign for a People's Vote, along with fellow MP Justine Greening.[23]


The campaign is a collaboration between several groups. They use a campaign office based in Millbank central London, apart from Wales for Europe which is based in Wales.[24][25] The European Movement UK and Britain for Europe also have roughly 150 local campaign groups.[26]

Open Britain is the legal entity that operates the People's Vote website and is the controller of any personal data collected.[27]

List of collaborating groups[edit]

The collaborating groups are:[4][5]


Campaign Groups[edit]

Media Outlets[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff writer (15 April 2018). "Brexit: 'People's Vote' campaign group launched". BBC News. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "About". EU relations. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups: EU relations". UK Parliament. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b Lynskey, Dorian (28 April 2018). "'It's not a done deal': inside the battle to stop Brexit". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b Mason, Rowena (1 February 2018). "Groups opposed to hard Brexit join forces under Chuka Umunna". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 June 2018. The main groups opposed to a hard Brexit are joining forces under the leadership of Chuka Umunna to push for the public’s voice to be heard on Theresa May’s final deal to leave the EU
  6. ^ "George Soros donates £400,000 to anti-Brexit campaign". Financial Times. 8 February 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  7. ^ Elgot, Jessica (11 February 2018). "George Soros raises donation to anti-Brexit Best for Britain group". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  8. ^ Forrester, Kate (12 March 2018). "Six pro-EU groups move to new shared office For Brexit fightback". HuffPost. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  9. ^ Quinn, Ben (16 April 2018). "Brexit: MPs from four parties jointly launch push for people's vote campaign". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  10. ^ Marr, Andrew (host); Stewart, Patrick (guest) (15 April 2018). "Sir Patrick Stewart on Brexit deal vote campaign - BBC News". The Andrew Marr Show. BBC One. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  11. ^ a b Staff writer (23 June 2018). "'At least 100,000' march for vote on final Brexit deal". Sky News. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  12. ^ Staff writer (24 June 2018). "Labour frontbenchers defend no show at anti-Brexit march". BBC News. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  13. ^ Crowds (23 June 2018). 100,000 march through London to demand People's Vote referendum on terms of Brexit | ITV News (Television). ITV News. YouTube. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  14. ^ Crowds (23 June 2018). Anti-Brexit protest: estimated 100,000 march two years after vote (Video). AP. The Guardian via YouTube. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  15. ^ a b The Independent Voices (24 July 2018). "The referendum gave sovereignty to the British people, so now they deserve a final say on the Brexit deal". The Independent. Editorial. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  16. ^ a b Umunna, Chuka (24 July 2018). "If Brexit negotiations have taught us anything, it's that our future should not be left to 650 politicians in London". The Independent. Voices. Retrieved 2 August 2018. Given everything that has happened and what we know now, it should not be left to 650 politicians in London to decide our future – 65 million people’s voices have to be heard. It’s the only way to break the deadlock. That is why The Independent is right to be calling for a vote on the final Brexit deal.
  17. ^ Heffer, Greg (26 July 2018). "Gary Lineker joins campaign for second Brexit referendum". Sky News. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  18. ^ Iannucci, Armando (1 August 2018). "Armando Iannucci: Why I'm demanding a second referendum on the belched-up mess of Brexit". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  19. ^ Staff and agencies (18 August 2018). "People's Vote backers rally in Edinburgh for say in final Brexit deal". The Guardian | Edinburgh. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  20. ^ Staff writer (19 August 2018). "Brexit vote campaign gets £1m from Superdry co-founder". BBC News. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  21. ^ Savage, Michael (18 August 2018). "Julian Dunkerton: the man who gave £1m to the People's Vote campaign". The Observer. Front page. Retrieved 19 August 2018. Image.
  22. ^ Staff writer (27 August 2018). "Campaigners seek motion on second Brexit vote at Labour conference". ITV News. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  23. ^ Wheeler, Brian (11 September 2018). "The Brexit factions reshaping UK politics". BBC News. Retrieved 15 September 2018. Sarah Wollaston, has joined the People's Vote campaign along with Phillip Lee and Guto Bebb
  24. ^ Porritt, Richard (15 April 2018). "Campaign launched to push for People's Vote". The New European. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  25. ^ Staff writer (15 April 2018). "Launch of the new national People's Vote campaign". Open Britain. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  26. ^ Fletcher, Martin (30 May 2018). "Inside the headquarters of Britain's anti-Brexit brigade". New Statesman. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  27. ^ "Privacy policy". People's Vote. Open Britain. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  28. ^ "Home page". Wales for Europe. Retrieved 27 August 2018. Wales For Europe is a partner organisation of Open Britain
  29. ^ Sabbagh, Dan (23 June 2018). "Thousands take to streets in London on anti-Brexit march". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  30. ^ Staff writer (23 June 2018). "Best for Britain at the March for a People's Vote". Best for Britain. Retrieved 25 June 2018.

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