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270,000 signatures - but we still need your support

Christian Broughton Editor, The Independent
United Kingdom

Jul 27, 2018 — They say a week is a long time in politics. Well, the past 48 hours have certainly made a difference.

I hope we’re all hugely encouraged that more than 270,000 people have signed our petition to have the final say on the Brexit deal. Your reasons are widespread – and that’s the point of this campaign. Whatever you wanted out of the 2016 referendum, not many of you seem confident you’ll get it.

The diversity of opinions can also be seen in the politicians who have come out in favour of the Final Say campaign. In the blue corner: Dominic Grieve and Justine Greening. In the red corner: Tony Blair, Chuka Umunna, Geraint Davies, Catherine West and David Lammy. Yellow: Vince Cable, Tim Farron, Christine Jardine and Tom Brake. Green: Caroline Lucas. There more to come – the campaign is only just beginning.

Even the politicians acknowledge that this issue is best settled by you, the people. So much has changed in two years, with myths fading away and brutal realities appearing in their place. So many promises by both campaign groups now seem like ancient history. Given all that, people deserve the chance to change their minds, if they want to, or to renew their commitment, if they want to, and without being pilloried.

It seems quite a few people on Twitter think we’re doing this simply to find the exit from Brexit. If that was all it was about, we would have launched this campaign years ago – as many urged us to. But we wanted to let the process have a chance, to see where the negotiations would lead, to see if people seemed happy with how it went.

Now, even those who still want some kind of Brexit are often clear that they didn’t imagine it would come to this: Great Britain stockpiling medicines and blood supplies, and looking ever more likely to fail to strike a compelling deal with the EU.

Please keep spreading the word. We need your support – however you’d vote in the Final Say referendum.

Christian Broughton
Editor, The Independent

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