Theresa May has been ridiculed after she argued a People’s Vote would “overturn the will of the British people”.
J.K. Rowling led the social media onslaught saying May’s comments in response to John McDonnell’s assertion that Labour will inevitably back a second Brexit referendum “make literally no sense”.
“Who does she think would be voting? The Chinese?”, she said.
The shadow chancellor claimed yesterday that Labour will back a People’s Vote if the party is unable to force a general election in comments that mark a shift in Labour’s position.
The shadow chancellor repeated that a general election remained a preference but admitted it was “very difficult to do” because of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.
“If that’s not possible, we’ll be calling upon the government then to join us in a public vote,” he told the BBC. “It’s difficult to judge each stage, but that’s the sequence I think that we’ll inevitably go through over this period.”
Asked to confirm that he thought this was “inevitable”, McDonnell said: “That’s right. Our policy is if we can’t get a general election, then the other option which we’ve kept on the table is a people’s vote.”
Theresa May accused McDonnell of wanting to overturn the will of the British people at a press conference near Glasgow last night.
She said: “His comments about the second referendum today show that what the Labour Party want to do is frustrate Brexit. They want to overturn the will of the British people. Parliament overwhelmingly gave the British people a vote. They voted to Leave. I think it’s a matter of trust in politicians that they actually deliver on Brexit for the British people”.