Hilary Benn: People deserve ‘real choices’ over Brexit not ‘peddled’ fantasies

Hilary Benn: People deserve ‘real choices’ not ‘peddled’ fantasies

Monday, March 25, 2019

The chairman of the Brexit select committee has said that MPs need to be “honest” with the British people about Brexit so that they have “real choices” rather than “peddled” fantasies.

Hilary Benn told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: “Brexit affects every area of our national life. We have a responsibility as parliamentarians to make sure we get this right and to be honest with the British people about the real choices rather than the fantasies that were peddled.”

The Labour MP suggested that a second referendum would allow people to decide whether they still want to leave the EU “knowing what they know now”.

He added: “If people decide that they still want to leave that is their democratic right to do it.”

Mr Benn described no-deal Brexit as “the worst possible outcome”.

“The prime minister has to listen to what Parliament has said about no-deal because it would be the worst possible outcome," he said. 

“I can’t believe any prime minister would willingly take us over the edge of an economic cliff.

“In a no-deal Brexit scenario, we have no idea how Europe will react and the risks to our economy are real.”


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