The list Sec­ond ref­er­en­dum back­ers

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS INTERVIEW -

Calls for a sec­ond Brexit ref­er­en­dum be­gan al­most as soon as the “leave” vote took that fate­ful 52 per cent in June 2016, but of late the roll call of back­ers has been grow­ing.

1 Tony Blair: “Lit­er­ally why are we do­ing it?” is the for­mer British prime min­is­ter’s take on what will be either a point­less or a painful Brexit.

2 Bloomberg ed­i­to­rial board: “With par­lia­ment dead­locked and the gov­ern­ment adrift, only a new ref­er­en­dum can le­git­imise this choice,” it has con­cluded.

3 Med­i­cal MPs: Con­ser­va­tive MP Sarah Wol­las­ton and three other MPs with med­i­cal back­grounds put for­ward a “doc­tors’ amend­ment” in Novem­ber push­ing for a sec­ond vote, with Wol­las­ton com­par­ing it to pa­tients’ giv­ing in­formed con­sent for surgery.

4 Lib­eral Democrats: The pro-EU party called for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum back in 2017, even mak­ing it a pol­icy pledge in its gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign.

5 Jo John­son and Jus­tine Green­ing: The for­mer min­is­ters in Theresa May’s var­i­ous cab­i­nets are the most high-pro­file Con­ser­va­tives to sup­port an­other vote.

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