Lambeth’s Labour Group has declared its support for a People’s Vote on the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. A motion will be submitted to next month’s Lambeth council meeting by the Labour Group of councillors to back the calls for a referendum on whatever deal is negotiated by the government. The campaign has seen a significant increase in support across the country in recent weeks, with the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan last week joining the calls for a People’s Vote as the government’s Brexit negotiations continue to descend into chaos and uncertainty.
Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Labour Group said: “The time has come to give people a final say on this vitally important issue for the future of our country. As we’ve seen this week in Salzburg, this Tory government is leading the country down a disastrous path, failing to negotiate a deal with the European Union and leaving us dangerously close to crashing out without a deal.
“Lambeth residents overwhelmingly backed remaining in the EU and are becoming increasingly fearful about the outcome this process, particularly our thousands of friends and neighbours who are EU citizens and who still face massive uncertainty.
“With it looking increasingly likely that there is no agreement in Westminster about a deal, the time has come to trust the people to have their say on the future of our country.
“Labour will continue to campaign for that right and I hope that the other parties in Lambeth will join our call for a People’s Vote.”
Lambeth Labour led the campaign in 2016 to Remain in the European Union, which received the support of 79% of Lambeth residents, making Lambeth the second highest Remain area in the country.
Lambeth council has lobbied the government to protect the rights of the more than 30,000 European citizens in Lambeth, and introduced a passport return service, allowing EU nationals to keep their passport while they apply for British citizenship.