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  • 22nd October 2019 - 15:00 GMT

EM UK: Lord Heseltine speaks at the historic People’s Vote March

This past Saturday saw the People’s Vote March in London, which promotes another referendum in the UK surrounding the topic of Brexit. European Movement UK’s president, Lord Michael Heseltine, spoke at the historic march, and said the following:

We believe that only the British people are entitled to take the most important decision of modern times.

The government is determined to stop them. They say the final decision was taken in 2016.There was a narrow majority that divided the country, achieved with a Salesman’s pitch of lies and distortions. Remember what they said.

Money for the health service; Turkish immigrants; Trade deals falling into our laps. 

I tell you – salesmen with such scant concern for the truth would finish behind bars.

Today’s electorate would not buy this: 

So there is a new argument: civil unrest. Those who once put their faith in the referendum now threaten violence if the people are asked again

This is the language of the mob. Europe in my lifetime has seen the price you pay to regain control from the mob.

Another argument; it’s too late; the deal is done; just get on with it. There are many who fall for this; the quiet-lifers; the make the best of it bunch; the don’t knows and the don’t cares.

I reject so cavalier an approach.

We are fighting for British influence in a fast changing world. We are fighting to give our children and grandchildren their place in that world.

There is only one argument that really drives their opposition to a referendum: they think they will lose it.

Far from serving us, they are frightened of us. Not only of us– they are frightened of our Parliament.

The strategy has remained crystal clear. Theresa May did all she could to deny Parliament a meaningful vote. I know. I lost the Tory whip in the House of Lords.

Three weeks later Parliamenton our behalf, won a game-changing victory.

That is why we are here.”

Read the full speech here.