Conservative Antoinette Sandbach has written to her constituents to express her support for a People’s Vote as the only way to solve the Brexit crisis.
Earlier today, Oliver Letwin also suggested he’d prefer a final say referendum to resolve Brexit before a General Election, and last week fellow Conservative Anne Milton expressed her support for a People’s Vote as well.
They join a growing number of senior Conservatives who since the Spring have suggested publicly that they could support a People’s Vote as a way to solve Brexit, including Richard Harrington, Philip Hammond, Ed Vaizey, Steve Brine and others.
In a public letter to her constituents, Antoinette Sandbach MP said:
“You have written to me in the past about a second referendum on our EU membership. I wanted you to know that I have come to the conclusion that I now see no other option to resolve the current crisis.
“Since the referendum in 2016 I have tried everything I can think of to deliver a Brexit deal that works for both remain and leave voters…As the debate goes on, Brexit supporting politicians have moved from suggesting Britain has a relationship with the EU similar to Norway, to advocating trading with closest neighbours on WTO terms – something which during the referendum the Leave campaign described as “Project Fear”. We now have a Government happy to shut down Parliamentary scrutiny while denigrating judges as politically biased. If this political climate continues, I fear for the future of our country.
“I now must conclude that you were right, a second referendum is the only way out of this mess…It is now the only remaining tool in our belt and MPs have a duty to vote for it in order to avert disaster. While I remain willing to vote for a deal, I will also be a strong voice for a People’s Vote either attached to a deal, or to avert no deal.”
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Antoinette Sandbach’s full letter to her constituents can be seen here: https://twitter.com/Sandbach/status/1172145414461644805?s=20