Cameron warns MPs: You must not stop Brexit
DAVID Cameron last night warned pro-Brussels ministers not to try to block a Brexit or force a second referendum after the country’s historic vote to quit the EU.
The Prime Minister insisted that the verdict of voters must be delivered when he faced the Commons for the first time since his referendum defeat.
He was loudly cheered by Tories on arriving in the chamber and given good wishes on his forthcoming departure from office by MPs from parties across the house.
Victorious Leave campaigner Boris Johnson was absent from the Commons.
Mr Cameron told a packed House: “On collective responsibility I meant what I said, obviously it was suspended for the period of this campaign but it has come back into place so members of Government, members of the Cabinet, are of one view.
“And that one view must be that we deliver the country’s will to exit the European Union, although the key decisions for that will be taken by the next Prime Minister.”
Mr Cameron insisted that the entire Government must “accept the result” the British people had given and “get on and deliver it”.
He added: “I think people won’t be surprised to hear that I’m not planning a second referendum.”
Mr Cameron also insisted the result of the referendum must be respected.
“The British people have voted to leave the European Union,” he said.
“It was not the result I wanted, nor the outcome that I believe is best for the country I love. But there can be no doubt about the result.
“Of course I don’t take back what I said about the risks, it is going to be difficult.
“We have already seen that there are going to be adjustments within our economy, complex constitutional issues, and challenging new negotiation to undertake with Europe.
“But I am clear, and the Cabinet agreed this morning, that the decision must be accepted and the process of implementing the decision in the best possible way must now begin.”
He went on to condemn reported attacks and abuse of migrants since the referendum.
He said: “We have a fundamental responsibility to bring our country together. In the past few days we have seen despicable graffiti daubed on a Polish community centre, verbal abuse hurled against individuals because they are members of ethnic minorities.
“Let’s remember these people have come here and made a wonderful contribution to our country.
“We will not stand for hate crime or these kinds of attacks. They must be stamped out.” Earlier in the Commons, Mr Cameron prompted much laughter when he made a joke at the expense of a Labour Party in turmoil after the shadow cabinet deserted their leader Jeremy Corbyn en masse.
Addressing new Labour MP for Tooting, Rosena Allin-Khan, he said she should keep her mobile phone on as “she might be in the shadow cabinet by the end of the day”.
Nick Clegg, who served as Mr Cameron’s Deputy Prime Minister in the coalition government, was among many politicians from across the political divide who spoke warmly about the PM.
He praised Mr Cameron’s five years heading the coalition, adding: “Throughout that time there were many things that you and I disagreed on, but I always appreciated your civility, your good humour, on display here again today, and your ability, which is rare in politics, to see politics from other people’s points of view.”
‘We must deliver the country’s will to exit the EU’
DAVID Cameron stood up in the House of Commons yesterday and made rather a good joke at the expense of the Labour Party. The speech that followed this quip was pretty good too. He had hoped the vote would be for Remain. But it had gone the other way and there would be no attempt to overturn the result. Instead the Government would do its utmost to make sure that the country would be in a position to weather any shocks. He voiced his dismay at racist attacks made in the wake of the referendum and announced that there would be a new EU unit set up in Whitehall to sort things out.
After a weekend of intense feeling and speculation the statements made by both Chancellor George Osborne and the Prime Minister were reassuring in that they demonstrated that the Tories, at least, have a plan.
Meanwhile Labour descended into turmoil as the shadow cabinet deserted their leader Jeremy Corbyn en masse, leaving him holding the fort on the front benches almost single-handed. What an extraordinary day. While the hunt to find a new leader of the Conservative party is proceeding in a relatively civilised manner, Labour has finally given vent to the simmering fury and discontent which had dogged Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership from day one.
If he continues to hang on or steps down and puts himself forward for re-election once again there is no doubt that Labour is finished as a serious political party.