- Former MP and Remain campaigner, Cllr. John Leech, has responded to the Government's 'brush-off response'.
- Leech: "Leave campaign littered with attempts to divide communities across the UK."
- The Government's response confirms EU Exit: "We must now prepare for the process to exit the EU"
Last night the Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a response to the recent petition calling for a second referendum.
The petition, set up by a Leave campaigner, said: 'We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.'
The petition, which currently stands at 4.1 million signatures, is the largest in Parliament's history. Manchester accounts for more than 37,000, with nearly 14,000 of those in south Manchester.
Former Withington MP and Remain campaigner, Cllr. John Leech, said: "How can the Government just brush off 4.1 million voices with a standard response?
"Just like they have not represented the 16 million who voted Remain two weeks back, the Conservatives do not represent Manchester.
"Manchester should be very proud that they ignored the lies and deceit that the Leave campaign peddled, and voted firmly to remain with our European neighbours, but I will not stand by and watch Manchester suffer unfairly with the pain of a Leave campaign that they did not vote for."
In an email sent to all signees the Government statement: 'The Prime Minister made clear in his statement to the House of Commons on 27 June, the referendum was one of the biggest democratic exercises in British history with over 33 million people having their say. The Prime Minister and Government have been clear that this was a once in a generation vote and, as the Prime Minister has said, the decision must be respected. We must now prepare for the process to exit the EU and the Government is committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for the British people in the negotiations.'
However, Cllr. John Leech, accused the Leave campaigns of being: "littered with attempts to divide communities across the UK."
He said: "Just because the referendum didn't go our way doesn't mean we give up, I still believe the UK, and Manchester, is better in the EU, and I will continue to fight for that.
"It is our job to bring communities together and I will continue to work hard in order to lead a united Manchester, working together with both sides to ensure the impact on our city is as limited as possible."
On the 23rd of June, Manchester voted to Remain in the European Union with a 60% to 40% result to stay, contrary to the rest of the North West region which backed Leave.
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- John Leech was elected to represent Didsbury West ward in the May 2016 local elections with 53% of the vote, and a 702 majority.
- UKIP received 1% picking up 69 votes, making it officially the most unpopular ward for the party anywhere in the country.
- John Leech was the MP for Manchester Withington from 2005 – 2015.