Rights group seeks support for its 'Brexit solution'

Jigsaw of EU flag saying Brexit in middle and with one piece coming out

Pro-EU civil rights group New Europeans is asking people to sign an open letter calling for a last-ditch plan which it says would ‘break the Brexit deadlock’.

The letter to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and EU leaders proposes that the EU offer a three-month extension to article 50 so that a new referendum can be held on May 23, the day of the European Parliament elections.

The letter calls on the Labour Party to promise to sign off the deal that was negotiated between the UK and the EU once the extension has been granted and legislation has been passed to secure the referendum.

The people would then be given a choice between leaving with the deal, or staying in the EU.

As things stand the UK is still currently preparing to take part in the EU elections, despite Brexit, said New Europeans founder Roger Casale. If the UK stayed in the EU, its new MEPs could take their seats, if not the seats could be shared among the other EU states and the UK would leave on the terms of the deal, including a transition period to the end of 2020.

"It is time to cut the Gordian knot that is holding everything back," said former Labour MP Mr Casale, who came up with the plan.

The open letter can be signed to give support at this link.

The New Europeans are also behind the EU green card proposal, which we wrote about in the February edition of The Connexion newspaper.

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