Dominic Raab brands calls for a second referendum as "nonsense" and "undemocratic"

Dominic Raab

Monday, September 24, 2018

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has told Julia Hartley-Brewer that the UK needs to show more unity during Brexit negotiations, branding Labour's calls for a second referendum as "nonsense" and "undemocratic".

Appearing on the breakfast show broadcast live from the Labour party conference in Liverpool, Mr Raab said the country needs to "get beyond this remainer leaver distinction".

"We're in a negotiation with the EU they're being pretty stubborn right now but what they need to see is some unity of purpose from the UK," he told Hartley-Brewer.

"All this Labour nonsense about a second referendum is not only undemocratic but its the last thing we should be doing right now with our EU partners, because it encourages them to offer us a lousy deal which will make no-deal more likely. I'm sure thats not what the Labour MPs or the Labour activists want, but that's the direct consequence of what their flirting with.



"I respect the fact there are different views on the Brexit side and on remainers. What we've got to try and do now is come together and try and be a little bit bigger than the sum of our parts."

The politician also revealed that he spoke with Theresa May after her speech at the Salzburg summit.


'Political melodrama'

"We did speak afterwards and I won't divulge the detail, but I totally back what she said, which is that we set out some very serious proposals, we're ambitious, we want a good deal with the EU. But they've got to match us with their ambition and their pragmatism. If they don't as she said, we wouldn't relish the prospect but we'd be ready for no-deal.

"Away from the political melodrama we keep on negotiating in good faith, we try and get the best deal we can, but we're ready for all eventualities.

"As the head of the World Trade Organisation said, whilst no-deal wouldn't be a walk in the park it wouldn't be the end of the world either, and that's broadly right."