Downing Street has issued a timetable which claims it would take over a year to hold a referendum.
Responding, Dominic Grieve MP, a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The timetable put forward by the government is simply wrong and they must be aware of it themselves.
“If Parliament wishes to have a referendum and the Government is prepared to facilitate it, it could be carried out swiftly and within a limited time extension of Article 50.
“It is extraordinary for the Government to make these claims when their Brexit deal – which has been comprehensively rejected by Parliament – offers no certainty over our future relationship with Europe and would simply result in years of back-and-forth, arguments and negotiations.”
“It is neither helpful nor right to have misleading information of this kind put out.”
Notes to Editors
1. In their recent report, ‘The Mechanics of a Further Referendum on Brexit’, the UCL Constitution Unit said: “While preparations for a new referendum could take place more quickly than those for previous polls, the minimum time for these combined processes would be around 22 weeks."