David Miliband – Insult to the UK to hear Putin lecturing us on our democratic process - People's Vote

David Miliband – Insult to the UK to hear Putin lecturing us on our democratic process

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated his opposition to a People’s Vote on Brexit, saying “[Theresa May] has to fulfil the will of the people expressed in the referendum.”

Commenting, David Miliband, former Foreign Secretary and leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“Vladimir Putin’s contempt for, or fear of, a People’s Vote will not shock anybody. The overwhelming evidence of malign and multiple Russian interventions in western democratic processes, including the Brexit referendum, have been designed to destabilise democratic rule. It is an insult to the United Kingdom that he should be lecturing us on our democratic process.         

“The idea that democratic consent for Brexit policy should end on 23 June 2016 is dangerous. Theresa May’s plan satisfies no one and was not the basis of the Leave campaign. It would be prudent reinforcement of democratic principles to revisit democratic support before it is implemented. Russian support for a bad deal alongside British government threats of no deal should be taken as strong evidence that a different option is needed.  

“It must be for the UK to decide the way forward for our country. And as much as Vladimir Putin loathes the European project, it should be the right of each and every one of us to compare the Government’s Brexit deal with the benefits of the deal we currently have, which is not just good for Britain at home, but is a bulwark against adventurism and autocracy abroad.”

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