FIFTEEN business leaders in East Lancashire and Chorley have wrote to their MPs to demand a People’s Vote over the ongoing Brexit saga.

And Alan Burke, who runs Preston-based Alcan Tooling, is petitioning ardent Brexiteer and Ribble Valley representative Nigel Evans.

In his letter he says he has experienced a loss of business caused by the uncertainty surrounding exiting the European Union, with work dropping off and European companies putting projects on hold.

He believes “we will all be poorer as a result of Brexit” and that the manufacturing industry will shrink as a result of Brexit.

Mr Burke added: “Competition for work will be increased as companies try to survive, which will in turn reduce individual wages and threaten their job security.”

Four have written to Northern Powerhouse Minister and Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry - Alan Lee, Farhad Azimy, Paul Butcher-Fielding and Trevor Rigby.

Three have lobbied Chorley’s Lindsay Hoyle - Anthony Shield, Barry Hoyle and Joyce Vincent, while Samantha Jack has also contacted Burnley’s Julie Cooper.

Graham Stevens and John Bentley have been on to Hyndburn MP Graham Jones and Ian Fortune, Jonathan Corbett and Mark Caffrey made the same request to Pendle’s Andrew Stephenson.

Catherine Potter, who runs holiday lettings in Spain, believes “it is anti-democratic to deny the people a final say.”

She added: “Economic uncertainty and a weak pound could have an impact on holiday rentals and how likely people are to spend their spare money on holidays.”

Chris Strahan, a Pilling-based business consultant, said: “the government has clearly failed in delivering the appropriate Brexit solution. Therefore, it would be democratically appropriate to return the decision to the people.”