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
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