Sir John Major has become the second former prime minister within 24 hours to question the Brexit process, saying in a speech that there is a “perfectly credible” case for a second referendum on leaving the EU.
Speaking shortly after Tony Blair argued in an interview that Brexit could be reversed if the public changed its mind, Major said that the 48% of voters who wanted to remain should not be subject to the “tyranny of the majority”.
John Major (left) suggested the terms of Brexit could go to a second vote, while Blair suggested Britons could change their minds. Photograph by Jeff J Mitchell, PA
The former Conservative prime minister said at a private dinner that the opinions of remain voters should also be heard in the debate about how Britain will leave the European Union, the Times reported.
In his first intervention over the issue since the 23 June referendum, Major said he accepted the UK would not remain a full member of the EU, but hoped any Brexit deal would mean the UK would remain as close as possible to EU members and the single market.
Major also said that whatever happened with Brexit, he could not accept that those voters who opted for remain should have no input on the terms of Brexit.
“I hear the argument that the 48% of people who voted to stay should have no say in what happens,” he said. “I find that very difficult to accept. The tyranny of the majority has never applied in a democracy and it should not apply in this particular democracy.”
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