More than 60 business leaders call for vote on Brexit deal

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Now over 70 corporate chiefs have chose to get the band back together and are launching a group called Business for a People's Vote, an offshoot of the formal People's Vote campaign that rose from the ashes of the defeated Remain camp.

But when he described European Union countries welcoming the United Kingdom back with open arms in the event of a vote to remain, Lord Digby Jones said they "would shaft us".

Other people who put their name to the letter include Cobra Beer founder Lord Bilimoria, former Marks and Spencer chairman and ex-Labour peer Lord Myners, Alex Chesterman, founder of the Zoopla property website, and Sir Simon Robertson, the ex-chairman of Rolls-Royce.

It also warned that the country was facing either "a blindfold or a destructive hard Brexit", adding that the "ultimate choice should be handed back to the public with a People's Vote".

The letter states: 'The business community was promised that, if the country voted to leave, there would continue to be frictionless trade with the European Union and the certainty about future relations that we need to invest for the long term.

In a letter to the prime minister, they say parliament should not be bound by the 2016 vote any more than it should be by the 1975 referendum that took Britain into the European Union, especially when there are question marks over its validity.

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"The uncertainty over the past two years has already led to a slump in investment".

Waterstones chief executive James Daunt told the BBC: "All the paper we use is imported".

It feels like the right time to be flying the flag with just a few months to go before the looming possibility of a cataclysmic Brexit, said one of the people who has signed it. "The Prime Minister has been clear that we are making good progress on the future relationship and 95 per cent of the withdrawal agreement is now settled and negotiations are ongoing".

Sunday's letter has been co-ordinated by The People‎'s Vote campaign group chaired by Roland Rudd, the City public relations chief whose sister, Amber Rudd, was the Home Secretary until earlier this year.

The Prime Minister says asking people to vote again would be a betrayal of voters' trust, and this is true: the divisions that exist today would not be resolved by a second vote, they would be exacerbated.

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