Theresa Villiers: Second referendum would be undemocratic
By AURORA BOSOTTI//The Conservative MP delivered a brutal takedown of supporters of a second Brexitreferendum, demanding campaigners shelve their demands to help the Government “get on” with the negotiations.
The harsh condemnation came after Mayor of London Sadiq Khan publicly came out in support of a new vote on the final terms of the deal Theresa May will strike with the European Union.
Speaking to BBC Sunday Politics London, Ms Villiers said: “It’s just so undemocratic to ask people to vote again on a question just because there’s an elite establishment who doesn’t like the answer they were given the first time.
“There’s a history of this across the EU. I think that’s wrong. I think we’ve got to listen to the result of the referendum and we need to implement it.”
The Tory politician, who served as an MEP for London before being elected MP for Chipping Barnet in 2005, also took a direct dig at Mr Khan as she pointed out he had received his mandate from fewer Londoners than had voted for Brexit.
She continued: “The issue has divided London as it has the rest of the country. We’ve got to remember there were more people who voted to leave in London than actually gave their first preference vote to Sadiq Khan in the Mayoral election.”There is a substantial body of opinion on both sides of this debate but I think a lot of people, whether they voted Leave or Remain, just want us to get on with it.” Ms Villiers added: “Having another referendum – what if Leave won the second referendum? Would the Remain side come and demand a third one? We’ve just got to accept the results of a democratic vote, get on with it and implement it.”
It’s just so undemocratic to ask people to vote again on a question just because there’s an elite establishment who doesn’t like the answer
Mr Khan pledged his support for a new vote on Brexit on Sunday, writing in The Observer that “irrefutable evidence” had shown leaving the bloc would harm the British economy and jeopardise jobs.
Discussing his decision on The Andrew Marr show, the Mayor of London suggested remaining a full member of the EU should be considered as an option on the ballot paper of a potential People’s Vote.
He said: “I would like one of the options on the referendum to be an option to stay in the European Union.
“The British people have seen all the promises broken by the likes of Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox.”
Mr Khan added: “The referendum should be a choice between the deal done by this Government or staying in the European Union. The deal done by this Government – we can see what the consequences would be.
“Two years ago that was abstract, theoretical, we were told various things that didn’t turn out to be true.”