Blocking Brexit would bring "an overwhelming call for reform" of the House of Lords, says MP Nigel Evans

'There would be an overwhelming call for an immediate reform' if the House of Lords blocked Brexit, says MP Nigel Evans

Nigel Evans: warns against "blocking the will" of the British people

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The House of Lords would be ill-advised to "block the will of the British people" by trying to trigger a second EU referendum, and any attempt to do so would bring an "overwhelming call for its immediate reform", a Conservative MP has told talkRADIO. 

Tory peer Baroness Wheatcroft has said this week that she hopes the House of Lords will delay triggering Article 50 to formally begin the process of exiting the European Union, potentially leading to a second referendum. 

The High Court will hear a legal challenge in the autumn over whether the government can invoke Article 50 without the authorisation of parliament.

However Theresa May's offical spokeswoman has told newspapers: "The PM has been very clear that Brexit means Brexit and we are going to make a success of it. The work to prepare for those negotiations is now underway and will continue to be a priority for this government."

Nigel Evans, the Conservative MP for Ribble Valley, told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer that resistance to Brexit would only damage the House of Lords. 

"You have to remember the turnout at this referendum was 72.2%," he said. "We're talking about a staggering turnout.

"If they were to block the will of the British people in a referendum in one of the biggest turnouts I think there's ever been I believe there would be an overwhelming call for immediate reform of the House of Lords.

"Patience Wheatcroft needs to accept the will of the British public.

"What [those who disagree with Brexit] need to do is come up to some of the Labour heartlands in the north-east and the north-west to talk to some of the people up there who voted in huge amounts to Leave."

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