A cross-party campaign for a so-called People’s Vote before the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 is launching today.
The People’s Vote is allegedly to give people the “final say” on the Brexit deal, but it also will include the option to remain in the bloc and it has been accused as a way to thwart the 2016 referendum result.
A similar event was held last month in London with an estimated 700,000 people attending.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon broadcasted a message in Parliament Square, saying: “Let me say this loudly and clearly, if the issue comes before the House of Commons, SNP MPs will support a People’s Vote which includes the option to remain in the EU.”
Scotland voted 62 percent to remain in the EU during the referendum.
The event in Edinburgh was organised by the Scotland for a People’s Vote campaign group.
Speakers include director of the Scottish Centre on European Relations Dr Kirsty Hughes and the former head of the European Parliament Office in Scotland John Edward.
The incoming chair of the European Movement in Scotland.
EU expert Nicholas Dungan said a so-called People’s Vote at the end of the Brexit negotiations is becoming “more and more likely”.
He argued it would likely mean a push for an extention to Article 50 and also the UK remaining in the EU.
Speaking to Bloomberg, he said: “It’s looking more and more likely that there could be a so-called People’s Vote in Britain.
“And that People’s Vote could actually be to remain in the European Union, in other words, to reject a no-deal Brexit.
“And what would be very interesting would be that – as we come up to the next European parliamentary election, that would be the timing after the UK supposedly leaves the EU on March 29th – that there’s actually an extension that allows them to stay in the European Union.
“There is tremendous solidity of the institutions and tremendous instability within the individual member states.
“But there is a pretty strong European unity so these changes are changes that are happening inside the institutional structure with the exception of Brexit rather than something that is threatening the institutional structure.
“The EU is solid and the member states are the ones that are more uncertain.”
The People’s Vote has the backing from prominent pro-Remain figures and politicians including Chukka Umunna, Vince Cable, Alistair Campbell and Lord Adonis.
It comes after recent YouGov poll released on Tuesday, October 23, said under a quarter of Remain voters now anticipate a re-run of the 2016 vote.
Tens of thousands of people have signed an online Government petition to stop a second referendum has gained more than 100,000 signatures.
The People’s Vote says: “A majority of the public support a People’s Vote and a final say on the Brexit deal.
“Whether you voted leave or remain, nobody voted to make this country worse off, to harm jobs, to damage the NHS, to affect the future of millions of young people, or to make this country more divided.
“We are demanding our democratic voice be heard on Brexit. Since the referendum in 2016, new evidence has emerged on what we were once told would be ‘the easiest deal in history’.
“We now know the true cost of the divorce bill, as well as the impact of Brexit on the NHS, workers’ rights and public services.
“This Government has failed on Brexit: there is no mandate for its car crash proposal or for a disastrous no-deal Brexit. We won’t let them get away with a bad deal – that’s why we will be there in Central London making the case for a People’s Vote.”