Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Star Trek's Patrick Stewart has his moment in Brexit debate

Star Trek's Patrick Stewart has his moment in Brexit debate

Sir Patrick Stewart, the veteran actor widely known for his leading role in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, today tried to shift the campaign for another Brexit referendum into warp speed.

Speaking after about 1,000 opponents of Britain's exit from the European Union staged a people power rally in London, he said: They are people who believe in the common interest, who have always had at heart the needs of everyone, not just an elitist few.

However, both the Tories and Labour have ruled out the possibility of a referendum on the subject and time to change their minds is running out. "That is why so many are demanding a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal". Pro-Brexit campaigners also gathered outside.

The actor, famous for productions including Star Trek and X-Men, even said his fictional character Charles Xavier would have supported the Remain campaign.

"Our country's future is at stake and we will not stand idly by".

In the first referendum in June 2016, Britain voted by a 52-48 margin to leave the EU. "If the general public demand a Individuals's Vote, politicians will fall in line".

It is hoped that Britain and the European Union can reach an agreement on a Brexit deal by October in order for this to be ratified by both parliaments before March next year, when the UK's membership of the bloc formally comes to an end.

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He said: "The campaign for the People's Vote is simply requesting that we have another chance to consider what the terms of this divorce are going to be".

He said: "It is not Charles Xavier standing here in front of you - although I can assure you that if he was, he would have voted Remain".

Appearing alongside Mr Umunna on ITV's Peston on Sunday, she said: "A second referendum, Chukka, which is what you're really campaigning for, is never going to happen".

Sir Patrick also said he was motivated by "history and emotion" to want to stay in the EU.

Sir Patrick went on to discuss his upbringing in working-class Yorkshire, where he witnessed the aftermath of the Second World War.

"It's a vote to ratify the final deal, which is different to the initial thoughts of people when they bought this product", Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, one of the speakers, told reporters afterward. "We're now trying to deliver on that mandate from the people".

"I think we'll get a great result and we'll be able to have, not only a huge free trade deal with our friends and partners across the channel, but we'll be able to boldly go to areas we perhaps neglected over the past five years".

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