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MPs to debate second Brexit referendum

MPs to debate second Brexit referendum

MPs to debate second Brexit referendum The Petitions Committee, a cross-party group of MPs that is independent from the Government, has decided to debate the possibility of a second EU referendum.

In a move that will send hope surging through the insurance sector in the UK as it looks to preserve jobs, the move is a reaction to an overwhelming number of signatures on a petition entitled “EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum”.

However, the debate will not have the power to call for a second referendum – ultimately that can only be determined by the Government.

Here is the statement announcing the House of Commons debate:

“The Petitions Committee has decided to schedule a House of Commons debate on this petition. The debate will take place on 5 September at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall, the second debating chamber of the House of Commons. The debate will be opened by Ian Blackford MP.

“The Committee has decided that the huge number of people signing this petition means that it should be debated by MPs. The Petitions Committee would like to make clear that, in scheduling this debate, they are not supporting the call for a second referendum. The debate will allow MPs to put forward a range of views on behalf of their constituents. At the end of the debate, a Government Minister will respond to the points raised.

“A debate in Westminster Hall does not have the power to change the law, and won’t end with the House of Commons deciding whether or not to have a second referendum. Moreover, the petition – which was opened on 25 May, well before the referendum – calls for the referendum rules to be changed. It is now too late for the rules to be changed retrospectively. It will be up to the Government to decide whether it wants to start the process of agreeing a new law for a second referendum.”

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  • k sell 13/07/2016 13:06:21
    we have all voted out. stop trying to protect the old boys club. you are so out of touch with your voters . if your not happy with outcome and do not want to support the voters resign. try and get another job . what a group of spoilt children you are grow up. you have lost.
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  • 13/07/2016 13:52:25
    The out camp said before the referendum vote that should the in camp win on a 52%-48% vote, this would not be a large enough margin.

    As the vote turned out the opposite, then what was good enough for the out camp before the vote should now apply with a second referendum requiring a clearer margin.

    Given the political instability in the country and many of the public who now feel they may have voted the wrong way then a second referendum should be taken on such an important matter.
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