Dec 2018 Referendum
Should LUU support a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal?
Voting opens 9am on Tuesday 4th December, and closes at 11.59pm on Friday 7th December
Idea Title: Should LUU support a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal?
What do you want/Why do you want it?
We believe the Union should support a People’s Vote to ensure students have a say on the final Brexit deal the Government tables in Parliament. This could include options to accept the deal, renegotiate the deal or reject the deal to remain in the European Union (EU) or leave with no deal. Good deal, bad deal, no deal... it's definitely a big deal - and that's why it should be put to a People's Vote.
It is becoming clearer that this Government is on the brink of imploding when it comes to Brexit. Brexit will have huge, irreversible, ramifications for students. If a good Brexit deal cannot be agreed, it’s our generation, and generations to follow, that will have to suffer the consequences. Over the past two years more information and facts have emerged, giving people a more informed view of what Brexit might look like. Calls for a People's Vote are growing as the current plan for Brexit continues to lose support in Parliament creating a halfway house plan which benefits no one.
Democracy did not end on 23 June 2016, the terms of how we leave were not on the ballot. We must be allowed to decide if a decision that will affect our lives forever makes the country better or worse off.
It is vital we have a say to ensure students’ interests are protected, with poorer health care, loss of access to education both here and abroad, loss of earnings and loss of prospects if a bad deal is negotiated. Since 2016, there are 1.4 million more young people who can vote, including many current first and second years here at Leeds. Denying them the chance to have their say would be anti-democratic and leave them lumped with a Brexit they did not vote for.
Many members of the University community belong to the following organisations who support a People’s Vote - it is important we join them to increase the pressure on Parliament to make sure we have a chance to choose our future.
- British Medical Association (BMA)
- National Union of Students (NUS)
- Royal College of Midwives
- Royal College of Nursing
- University & College Union (UCU)