Saturday, 23 July 2016

LabourList| Geraint Davies: A second EU referendum should – and will – happen. Here’s why

LabourList| Geraint Davies: A second EU referendum should – and will – happen. Here’s why


"It was therefore a shrewd idea of Theresa May to put Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox in charge of the Brexit negotiations. She must know as a Leave campaigner that the Brexiteers won’t be able to fulfil the public expectations they’ve created and so it is they who should carry the can of false promises they sold.

No one can really believe that Boris Johnson will be taken seriously by EU negotiators. They also know that within the year UK voters will conclude that the only option of saving jobs and the economy is to stay in the EU and that cast-iron control of immigration is both unrealistic and counterproductive. The new Prime Minister will then, in the interests of democracy, offer a second referendum “so that the informed and settled will of the people can be affirmed in light of the facts”.

When EU negotiators realise that a second referendum is more a question of “when” than “if” they will soften their position to allow negotiation before Article 50 is triggered i.e. before the two-year count-down to leaving the EU formally begins. That’s why I’m urging Labour Party members to contact their MP to sign Early Day Motion 243 which supports my Bill for a second referendum on the EU exit package."

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