Sir Patrick Stewart adds star power to Brexit referendum rally

Star Trek's Patrick Stewart has his moment in Brexit debate

Sir Patrick, 77, was joined by MPs from across the political spectrum as he opened a People's Vote rally attended by more than 1,200 people in London.

Both the Conservatives and Labour have ruled out a second referendum.

MPs, celebrities and business leaders have launched a campaign calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and the EU.

The former minister added: 'I think the best and right thing to do is to put it back to the people and say, you can have a vote on this deal'.

The Foreign Secretary part-quoted one of the sci-fi franchise's famous lines as he claimed Brexit will enable the United Kingdom to "boldly go" to areas it has neglected in recent years as it seeks trade deals.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, also at the event, reassured attendees, saying: "We'll do everything we can in Parliament for a people's vote".

We will be making the case in Parliament, but this is too big and too important to be determined exclusively by politicians, she said.

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"People had a vote, it was a great vote, and they voted with a substantial majority to leave the European Union", he told the BBC.

Stewart told the BBC he is supporting the People's Vote because the terms and conditions coming out of the negotiations are very different from those discussed during the 2016 referendum campaign.

Asked what he would say to people who voted for Brexit, he said "what we are doing is in their benefit".

He also said he was motivated by "history and emotion" to want to stay in the EU.

Boris Johnson drew upon Star Trek to defend Brexit as he replied to Sir Patrick Stewart's belief that Jean-Luc Picard would have backed Remain.

"(We) will be able to boldly go again to areas that perhaps we have neglected ... friendly wonderful places where we can renew old friendships, rebuild relationships and develop fantastic new free trade deals".

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