Early election will kill off any talk of second Brexit referendum, Iain Duncan Smith tells Remainers

Early election: 'Theresa May personally wants a strong mandate for Brexit', says Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith believes Theresa May wants a mandate

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Leading Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith says Remainers can stop talking of a second referendum once Theresa May's early election gives her a strong majority.

The former Tory leader spoke to Sam Delaney about Ms May's surprise call for a snap election, which will take place on June 8 once parliament votes in favour.

"This will put to bed any further thoughts of another referendum, no-one wants that" Duncan Smith said.

"What [Theresa May] needs is this mandate to say to the Lords and to the liberals 'you've had your chance, you wanted it your way, the public's rejected it, now let's get on with it.'

"I don't think the public wants another referendum, they've had their say."

Duncan Smith also said that if Theresa May is able to put aside talk of delaying or backtracking on Brexit, she'll be able to secure trade deals with America as well as individual states in Europe.

He also rejected suggestions that the Lib Dems will profit from an early election, saying he sees "no sign" from Tim Farron's party that they offer a viable alternative.

Listen to the full interview above

Listen to the full interview above