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Any delay to Brexit must leave enough time for public vote, says BMA

Responding to yesterday's vote in Parliament to delay Britain’s departure from the European Union, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:

“The BMA has been clear that a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for healthcare in the UK and across Europe, impacting patients, the workforce and the ability to guarantee life-saving care. While we welcome this vote to delay our departure from the EU, and last night’s opposition to a no-deal, crashing out with no agreement still remains a distinct possibility.

“What is crucial, now that we know the real impact of Brexit, is that any delay is long enough to allow a public vote, giving the British public the final say on what will have a profound effect on their health for years to come.” 


Notes to editors

The BMA is a trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.


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