Stroud District Council has joined the campaign for a referendum on the government’s Brexit deal.

Councillors agreed to push the government to "give the British people a vote on whatever deal they end up getting" as they signed off on a motion last night.

"Stroud District voted to remain so I think we owe it to the people of the district to lobby on their behalf for them to have a say," said Labour's Doina Cornell, who proposed the motion.

"The strong message I am getting as council leader from local people and local businesses, for whom trade and relations with the EU remain crucial for economic and personal wellbeing, is that they want certainty about what is going to happen.

"The council's duty is to the wellbeing of the district so it is right for us to take this stand."

Voters should also have the opportunity to choose to stay in the EU, according to cllr Cornell's motion.

Conservatives on the council not only argued a second vote would weaken the government's negotiating hand but questioned why it was even being debated at Ebley Mill in the first place.

Tory leader Nigel Cooper suggested bringing the Brexit motion to the chamber was against the "spirit" of the council's constitution and argued councillors were wasting their time by weighing in on the debate.

All Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat councillors voted in favour of the motion, while all Conservatives voted against.

The council will now write to two MPs calling for them to back the People’s Vote campaign: Labour MP David Drew for Stroud and the Conservative Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for The Cotswolds.

In July, Mr Drew, who backed the Remain campaign but described himself as an “old school Eurosceptic” during the 2017 general election, told the SNJ he did not want to see another referendum on Brexit, arguing it would only deepen divisions in the UK.

Mr Clifton-Brown, who campaigned for Leave in 2016, voted against a second referendum amendment to the government’s flagship Brexit bill in December.

Stroud District Council will also join other councils such as those in London and Oxford in lobbying the government for a second vote.

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