Alastair Campbell: MPs are ‘undermining democracy’ by voting for Theresa May’s deal

Alastair Campbell: MPs are ‘undermining democracy’ by voting for Theresa May’s deal

Friday, March 29, 2019

Alastair Campbell, who has been campaigning for a second referendum on Brexit, has said that MPs are “undermining democracy” by voting for a deal despite saying they think is “terrible”.

He told talkRADIO’s John Nicolson: “People talk about how a second referendum would undermine democracy but it is pretty undermining of democracy to have so many MPs have voted for a deal that they are on the record saying it is a terrible thing for the future of the country.”

This comes as Conservative MPs such as ERG chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson voted for Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement despite previously speaking out against it.

Speaking in London on Friday, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "We should have been leaving the European Union, we should have been leaving at 11 o'clock this evening, and it is a great failure that we are not leaving at 11 o'clock this evening, and that this has been delayed.

"We should have left without a deal at 11 o'clock, that's what people expected.

"I'm not giving any message to people; it's a very difficult decision and people will make up their own minds according to their feeling as to whether Mrs May's deeply unsatisfactory deal is closer to Brexit than potentially a two-year delay, and that's the dilemma facing people."

Mr Campbell suggested that politicians need to have “more faith in the people”.

He said: “The politicians have just got to have a little more faith in the people to understand that when circumstances change what earthly reason could there be for not going back to the people.”

He added: “Yes the country is divided and Brexit is a difficult issue but in the end parliamentarians do have to do what they think is right.”

 

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