The list Second referendum backers
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.