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Ex PM Major calls for a free vote in Parliament on any deal with the European Union

Thursday, March 1st 2018 - 10:07 UTC
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Major, who campaigned to stay in the EU, said it must be parliament, not the government, that makes the final decision on any new deal with the EU Major, who campaigned to stay in the EU, said it must be parliament, not the government, that makes the final decision on any new deal with the EU

Former British Prime Minister John Major called on Wednesday for a free vote in parliament on whether to reject any deal negotiated with the European Union, warning the current plans are “bad politics” that will damage the economy.

Major, who campaigned to stay in the EU, said it must be parliament, not the government, that makes the final decision on any new deal with the EU, and that there is an argument for a second referendum on any such deal.

Any vote on the final Brexit deal is of such national importance that politicians should be allowed to vote according to their consciences, he said.

“This must be a decisive vote, in which parliament can accept or reject the final outcome or send the negotiators back to seek improvements, or order a referendum,” Major, 74, said in a speech in central London.

“Brexit is a unique decision. It will affect the lives of the British people for generations to come. If it flops – there will be the most terrible backlash.”

Opponents of Brexit are trying to garner enough support in the lower house of parliament, the House of Commons, to block any possible withdrawal deal Prime Minister Theresa May brings back from Brussels in October.

Blocking any deal the government manages to clinch with the EU could plunge British politics into crisis with uncertain consequences for Brexit, for the world’s sixth largest economy, and for the fate of London, the only global financial hub to rival New York.

Major’s own 1990-1997 premiership was plagued by disputes within his party over Europe, including Britain’s ignominious withdrawal from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, the predecessor to the single currency, in 1992.

At the same time as calling for parliament to have a final say on Brexit, Major savaged his party’s own handling of the negotiations.

Major accused the ruling Conservatives of putting party interests above the national interest by imposing red lines on the negotiations and said this means the party risks losing the support of business leaders over its approach.

“I know of no precedent for any government enacting a policy that will make both our country and our people poorer,” he said. “This is not only grand folly. It’s also bad politics.”

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  • Conqueror

    It's important to note that Major was incompetent when he was in office. He was generally known as “the grey man”. His main aim was to kow-tow to the EU and avoid “rocking any boats”. Notably, he once said that leaving the EU's Exchange Rate Mechanism would be a “major” mistake for Britain. A few days later, Britain left the ERM. The economy immediately experienced an upturn as people realised that Britain would no longer be tied to yet another failed european “policy”.

    Mar 01st, 2018 - 11:34 am +1
  • The Voice

    A failed ex PM supports a failed EU.

    Dyson increased sales by 40% in the last year. A lot of those goods went to Asia. Sales into the EU increased by 21% even though Dyson had to pay WTO tarrifs because the products were manufactured in Asia. Meanwhile Dyson employs 4500 Engineers and Scientists here in the UK. Dyson is a blueprint to revive technology based business in the UK. £3.5 billion pa sales.

    The remainers forecast a massive UK recession and huge unemployment, they were wrong and they are wrong about remaining in the EU, its a deeply corrupt Franco German plot which idiots like Major support. His Dad was a clown too.

    Mar 01st, 2018 - 11:51 am +1
  • Clem

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Mar 10th, 2018 - 05:55 am 0
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