Although Open Britain is a pro-European Union campaign group, Barney Pell Scholes, who is a Policy and press Officer, told Prismatic that the campaign is not seeking a re-run of the June 2016 referendum.

However, this does not mean for Open Britain that people cannot change their minds if things are not working properly as it was promised before the referendum.

He said: “the future of the country is for the people of the country to decide.”

In this context, Barney emphasised on the complexity of leaving the EU.

He said: “Clearly, Brexit is much more complicated and costly than people were told during the referendum.”

Therefore, the position of this remain campaigner group is based on the outcome of Brexit.

Barney added that Leave campaigner and the Government should be held to account for the promises they made to people during the referendum campaign.

He believes that the promises do not look like being deliverable, such as promising £350 million extra a week for the NHS.

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Another example he raised is “saying we can get a Brexit deal that delivers the ‘exact same benefits’ as we have now”.

Barney said: “If the Brexit deal being delivered doesn’t match up to what was promised to people, everyone is entitled to keep an open mind about whether it’s the right path for the country.”

He stressed on this right to look at what is being delivered and if it is the right path.

“If not, everyone has the right to change their minds: that’s what it means to live in a democracy.”

According to Barney, Polls show “high levels” of support for giving people a say on the final Brexit deal.


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