German politician tells UK to hold second Brexit referendum because we didn't know what we were doing first time

Brexit: German politician tells UK to hold second EU referendum once leaving terms are clear

Katarina Barley called for a second vote to be held once the Brexit terms are clear

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A senior German politician has urged the United Kingdom to hold a second vote on the country's membership of the European Union - because we didn't know what we were doing when we voted last summer.

In a television interview, Katarina Barley, the general secretary of the Social Democrat Party (SPD), called for a second vote once the terms of Brexit became indelibly clear to both UK and EU residents. 

She claimed the voters and political figureheads like Theresa May and Boris Johnson didn't really know what Brexit was about when the vote to leave was cast. 

The SPD general secretary, who has a British father, said a lot of people were thinking the UK would get a deal like Switzerland or Norway - who are not full members of the union, but are in the European single market. 

But to negotiate this sort of deal would require accepting the terms of free movement - rendering the immigration aspect of Brexit null and void. 

Barley said: When the referendum was held, nobody really knew what it would be about - not the British people, not even the political class.

“A lot of people wrongfully thought that Britain could get a deal like Switzerland or Norway without the inconveniences, without accepting the rulings of the European Court of Justice, without free movement of labour.

“Now they know that this isn’t the case and they should be asked to vote again on this.” 

Barley joins British politicians such as Tim Farron and Tony Blair in calling for a second vote once the terms of the UK withdrawal are solidified.