Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lineker's Goal Is People's Vote as City Rally Planned

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lineker's Goal Is People's Vote as City Rally Planned

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Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Political Editor jon.walker@reachplc.com @jonwalker121

CAMPAIGNERS backing a 'People's Vote' on Brexit are to hold a rally in Newcastle, following the huge success of a protest in London.

More than 100,000 people took to the capital's streets on June 23 to call for a fresh referendum on the EU.

And campaigners are now planning a series of events across the country, including a 'North Eastern People's Vote Rally' in Newcastle on Saturday, August 25.

The campaign is backed by England football legend Gary Lineker, who said: "There are some things in life that, even for someone like me, are more important than football. This is one of them. "I am not a politician but I know when something is going wrong and right now Brexit feels like it is going very wrong indeed."

The People's Vote campaign calls for a referendum on the deal that the UK agrees with the EU. One option in the vote would be to reject the deal and stay in the EU instead.

Critics say it's simply calling for a second EU referendum. Supporters of the People's Vote campaign say the public can only know what the future holds for the UK once the deal has been published, and they should then be allowed to vote on whether or not they back it.

Rallies and marches are also taking place in Bristol, Cambridge, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Cardiff. Campaigners say they are shifting their focus from politicians in Westminster to people across the country. Mr Lineker said: "I spent most of the last few weeks totally focused on a fantastic World Cup. But it was impossible to avoid what was happening in the Brexit debate back home. Now I'm back, I find the whole thing more bewildering and worrying than ever.

"Whether you voted Leave or Remain, did anyone really vote for the mess we seem to be in, let alone the prospect of no deal with all the terrible consequences attached to that? "The politicians seem unable to resolve the problem the people gave them in voting Leave. …

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