Soros-backed anti-Brexit group targets lawmakers in push for brand spanking new referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – An anti-Brexit group backed by billionaire financier George Soros launched a marketing campaign on Friday concentrating on lawmakers, in an try to strengthen its name for a second referendum that might cease Britain’s exit from the European Union.

FILE PHOTO: Soros Fund Management Chairman George Soros speaks throughout a panel dialogue on the Nicolas Berggruen Conference in Berlin, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

With below 10 months left till Britain is because of go away the EU, opponents of Brexit are exploring methods to thwart what they name Britain’s largest mistake since World War Two.

The group, “Best for Britain,” unveiled a timetable for one more referendum on membership of the EU as soon as Prime Minister Theresa May has obtained a remaining exit deal within the autumn.

It needs the brand new referendum on the exit phrases early subsequent yr.

Best for Britain argues that either side of the Brexit debate ought to welcome a second ballot in lower than three years to lastly settle the query of Britain’s membership of the EU and stated that the difficulty was diverting time and power from different political issues.

“Give us a straight choice between your deal on the best terms you can get or decide to stay in now we see the costs of leaving,” stated Mark Malloch Brown, the group’s chairman, at an event in London.

“The people instructed the government to negotiate a withdrawal from the EU, now the government owes people an answer: what terms have you got, are we going to be worse or better off?”

Best for Britain stated a referendum may very well be held in early 2019 and the EU would enable Britain to have a second referendum as late as February or March.

The group intends to marketing campaign to steer each Conservative and Labour Members of Parliament to again its calls for for a second referendum.

The group will spend 500,000 kilos donated by Soros, on billboards, newspaper promoting and social media to encourage individuals to alter their minds.

Soros has angered some Brexit supporters who say he’s looking for to undermine the end result of the 2016 referendum which resulted in a 52-48 p.c end in favour of leaving the EU.

Malloch Brown defended taking cash from the Hungarian financier, saying he has a home in London, he went to college there and his business has an workplace within the metropolis.

The prime minister and the opposition Labour Party have repeatedly dominated out the potential for a second referendum, saying Britain will go away the EU in March subsequent yr.

Editing by Stephen Addison

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