Speech excerpts from People's Vote rally in Manchester

Representatives of all the major parties came together today to campaign for a People's Vote.

After marching and campaigning through Manchester, they spoke on stage at the Mechanics' Institute.

Recently elected Liberal Democrat councillor Richard Kilpatrick (aged 26) used the stage to call on Labour members to lobby their local councillors to back a People's Vote motion after Manchester Council rejected two opportunities to do so last year.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Richard Kilpatrick told the packed rally:

"Growing up in a deprived part of the North East, I was so rarely exposed to different cultures and it was the EU that gave me the opportunity to do so.


"And that's the part of Brexit that makes me most sad; when I have children, I will have to sit them down and tell them that they will never have the same opportunities as me; they will never get to travel and live across Europe freely as I did, they won't be able to work in all these amazing countries and they won't be able to experience Europe's culture - and that makes me desperately sad.

"Instead they will be stuck on an isolated island because of a narrow-minded campaign fought on lies.

"This is the fight of our lives - but not just our lives, our children's and our grandchildren's; we owe it to them to organise cross-party and fight harder than ever.


"So today, straight after this event, you have to contact your local councillors and MPs and tell them to back a People’s Vote. And you know what? If they don’t, you vote them out at the earliest opportunity.”

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