London Assembly restates call for People’s Vote

17 January 2019

The House of Commons has rejected the Government’s deal on the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU after a meaningful vote.


Last year, the London Assembly agreed a motion which supported a People’s Vote if the deal was rejected by Parliament, or there is no deal.


Today, the Assembly restated its call for a People’s Vote and supported the Mayor’s call to withdraw Article 50.



Len Duvall AM, who proposed the amended motion said:


“The Government’s withdrawal deal was rejected decisively in the worst defeat the Commons has seen in a century.


“Neither side of the Brexit coin is happy with Theresa May’s deal and parliament is deadlocked. There are a number of votes next week – but if they fail to produce a solution, we need to go back to the British people for a final answer and a clear indication of what they want.


“The options left are to withdraw Article 50, a People’s Vote or a general election – the welfare of London’s economy, workers and future are at stake”.



The full text of the motion is:


The Assembly notes the answers to the questions asked.


This Assembly notes in particular the discussion around the UK’s exit from the EU, following Parliament’s comprehensive rejection of the Prime Minister’s proposed deal.


Because of our growing concern about the impact of a no deal Brexit to London’s communities and economy, we support the Mayor’s call to withdraw Article 50 and restate our demand for a People’s Vote or a general election.

Notes to editors

  1. The motion was agreed by 13 votes to 6
  2. Last year’s motion was agreed by 13 votes to 9 and can be read here.
  3. Len Duvall AM, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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