Published: Wed, November 07, 2018

Business figures call for vote on Brexit terms

Business figures call for vote on Brexit terms

They are the latest group to call for a second referendum, with a rally demanding a fresh referendum a fortnight ago seeing a crowd estimated at more than half a million people march through London.

Invest Europe's chief executive Michael Collins says: "The UK has always been a good place to invest and Brexit isn't really changing people's perspectives of that fundamental strength".

A Downing Street source told the BBC: "The Prime Minister has been clear - no ssecond referendum".

But when he described European Union countries welcoming the United Kingdom back with open arms in the event of a vote to remain, Lord Digby Jones said they "would shaft us".

Other signatories include Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman, Waterstones managing director James Daunt, and Rolls Royce chairman Sir Simon Robertson.

Britain voted in 2016 to leave the European Union, but some argue the public should get another chance to decide once the terms its departure and future relations with the European Union are clear.

"Despite the Prime Minister's best efforts, the proposals being discussed by the Government and the European Commission fall far short of this, and they are not almost as good as the current deal we have inside the EU". We represent people from across industry and society and we see every day the way the prospect of a catastrophic Brexit deal is already causing real harm.

"The uncertainty over the past two years has already led to a slump in investment, which will make our country poorer", said the letter. "Given that neither was on the ballot in 2016, we believe the ultimate choice should be handed back to the public with a People's Vote". "We rely on just-in-time methods and now there are multiple uncertainties". However, the Prime Minister is right to resist the calls for a second referendum.

Sunday's letter has been co-ordinated by The People‎'s Vote campaign group chaired by Roland Rudd, the City public relations chief whose sister, Amber Rudd, was the Home Secretary until earlier this year.

A report suggesting an all-UK customs deal will be written into the legally binding agreement governing Britain's withdrawal from the European Union to avoid the need for an Irish backstop is "speculation", Prime Minister Theresa May's office says.

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