Brexit: Sir John Major says 'perfectly credible' case for second referendum https://t.co/TsTpGa4JYU
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And he warns against the “tyranny of the majority”
The big BREXIT development overnight has been a speech by the former Tory leader and PM, Sir John Major, which seems to run directly against that which Theresa May is seeking to achieve.
According to a Press Association report he told a private dinner “that the 48% of people who voted to stay in the European Union should have their say on the terms of the deal for breaking away from Brussels.” The report goes on:-
“Major said he accepted the UK would not remain a full member of the EU but hoped the Brexit deal would enable the country to stay as close as possible to the other 27 members and the single market, the Times reported.
Parliament, not the government, should make the final decision on any new deal with the remaining members of the EU and there was a “perfectly credible case” for a second referendum…
“I hear the argument that the 48% of people who voted to stay should have no say in what happens,” he said.
“I find that very difficult to accept. The tyranny of the majority has never applied in a democracy and it should not apply in this particular democracy.”
There’s no doubt that this will enrage the hard BREXIT backers within his own party as well as infuriating Number 10.
His comments came only hours after the man who beat him at GE1997, Tony Blair, declared that the June 23rd outcome could be overturned if voters become convinced leaving the EU will damage the economy.
There’s no doubt that those opposed to a hard BREXIT are becoming more vocal and I think we could see more in the weeks ahead during which we have the Richmond Park by-election and the Supreme Court hearing on whether the PM can start the extraction process by simply using the Royal Prerogative.