A Conservative MP just unknowingly made one of the best arguments for a People’s Vote yet

A Conservative MP yesterday made one of the best arguments for a People’s Vote yet, without even knowing he did it.

Royston Smith, MP for Southampton Itchen who campaigned to leave the EU, took to social media to bemoan Theresa May’s Brexit deal which seems to have united people on both sides of the Brexit divide in opposition of it.

But as Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder pointed out, instead of venting his anger he seems to have presented one of the best arguments for a People’s Vote yet.

He said: “I remain opposed to the Withdrawal Agreement in its current form. I don’t pretend to know what 17.4 million people who voted leave wanted when they voted and I don’t know what they all want now. Neither does anyone else. If they tell you any different they are being dishonest”.

Theresa May is set to take to the road today to sell her vision to the nation, but there is wavering support across the board for the deal.

A People’s Vote seeks to ensure that the government’s Brexit deal is put before the country in a public vote so that we can decide if a decision that will affect our lives for generations makes the country better or worse off – and should be supported by people on either side of the debate, as we argue here.

6 Responses

  1. Nick Telfer

    Jack, this is not the first time I’ve seen this figure of 17.4 leavers bandied about. It’s a load of bollocks. It implies an electorate of over90 million. Does nobody do simple arithmetic anymore?

  2. Sceptic

    This quote isn’t a good argument for a second ref: you could ask the same to people who voted remain and their answers about why they voted that way would vary enormously too.
    Further, regardless of the reasons for voting, a vote is a vote nonetheless…even if you disagree with the reasoning behind why a person voted the way they did…

    1. Darren Iliffe

      Actually it is. The referendum question was so vague that the only test of the will of the people being met is “Are we a member of the EU?” We could leave and keep freedom of movement, remain in the customs union, etc as long as we aren’t a member of the EU and ‘the will of the people’ will have been met. If the choice had been “Take back control of our borders, spend an 350 million a month on the NHS and still have access to the free market by leaving the EU,” People would have had a real choice.

  3. Sceptical

    This quote isn’t a good argument for a second ref: you could ask the same to people who voted remain and their answers about why they voted that way would vary enormously too.
    Further, regardless of the reasons for voting, a vote is a vote nonetheless…even if you disagree with the reasoning behind why a person voted the way they did…

  4. Stuart Cunningham

    Yesterday i took on German nationality due to these Brexit lies. Yesterday I became german to stop my life being turned upside down by the fact that the Prime Minister is no longer doing her job by listening to the people of the United Kingdom. I am sad that I was forced to take such an action but very proud of my new status as German. The only truth we know currently is the following: The basis for Brexit has been disproven, the impact on the UK economically has been set out by the Bank of England, UK will lose its rights to affect what happens with its relationship with the EU and people like myself have been abandoned by the Prime Minister.

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