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Bishop's Stortford residents back People's Vote to resolve Brexit impasse

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A Liberal Democrat straw poll in Bishop's Stortford revealed that people who participated want to end Brexit either by revoking Article 50 or opting for a People's Vote.

Currently, the Government's policy is that Britain will leave the European Union on October 31, with or without a trade deal with the 27 other members.

The Lib Dems' 'Brexitometer' was part of a stall set up by the opposition party in Market Square on Saturday.

Market Square, Bishops Stortford. Liberal Democrats calling for a peoples vote on Brexit. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (17286878)
Market Square, Bishops Stortford. Liberal Democrats calling for a peoples vote on Brexit. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (17286878)

Cllr Chris Wilson, an East Herts district councillor for Stortford's All Saints ward and chairman of the party's Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth branch, said: "It was a chance to explain what the national party policy is and hear what people think of it. We will not end Brexit without a mandate so we do still want a People's Vote.

"If, however, we secure a majority at a General Election before that happens, we will revoke Article 50. Time and again people thanked us for our clear and decisive position on this issue."

The Hertford and Stortford parliamentary constituency voted 50.8% Remain to 49.2% Leave, according to the House of Commons library – in contrast to the East Herts local government district, which voted 50.4% to 49.6% in favour of Leave. Nationally, the margin was 51.9% for Leave and 48.1% for Remain.

Brexitometer in Bishop's Stortford (17287014)
Brexitometer in Bishop's Stortford (17287014)

Cllr Mione Goldspink, leader of the Lib Dem group on East Herts Council, added: "We spoke to so many people who want a swift end to this economically damaging Brexit process. Time after time we heard the impact this was having on people's lives and that they were simply not in possession of the full facts when the referendum was called. Stortford and Sawbridgeworth residents need an end to this and we want to help them get it."

Currently, the political make-up of the 50-strong East Herts Council is 40 Conservatives, six Liberal Democrats, two Green and two Labour members.

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