Fair Votes and the call for a second referendum

The allegations about the Vote Leave and BeLeave campaigns are concerning and raise serious questions about the functioning of our democracy.  We need an urgent and thorough investigation and given the close involvement of members of the Government in the Vote Leave campaign, I believe it is vital that all investigations into potential breaches of electoral rules are wholly independent. 

The Electoral Commission should be given the extra powers and resources it needs to follow the evidence wherever it leads and should report to the House of Commons and the public directly. There must be no influence by interested parties.

Many constituents have contacted me to suggest these allegations highlight the need for a second referendum.  I have consistently stated that I believe leaving the EU is a mistake and I was one of a number of MPs who voted for an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill calling for a second referendum.  Sadly, we were defeated.  Whatever the findings of the Electoral Commission, I will continue to argue that the people should be given a final say on the deal that Theresa May brings back from Brussels

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Catherine West MP

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