A former Foreign Secretary has said he has been “horrified” by Parliament’s “complete incapacity to make a decision” over Brexit.
Lord David Owen told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I must say I’ve been quite horrified the way the House of Commons has behaved, never has it been anything like this.”
The Brexiteer said the indecision by MPs meant a general election was necessary, criticising MPs for being “afraid” of one.
“We’ve got to have an election, this is a dreadful Parliament; it can’t make up its mind,” he added.
Opposition MPs have twice rejected the Prime Minister’s attempts at calling a general election, saying they would only back one when a no-deal Brexit was off the cards.
However, despite the “stress and strain” on today’s politics, Lord Owen said faith in democracy remained.
“We have an underlying faith, I think, in democracy and basically in Parliament.
“It’s the parliamentarians that are taxing people’s commitment to it, but it’s still there.”
A new parliamentary session will begin today after the longest session in the UK’s history came to a close last week.
A Queen’s speech will lay out government policy and is expected to centre largely around Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan.
Brexit Negotiations are continuing in Brussels with hopes of a breakthrough being kept alive after a suggestion from the Irish deputy premier that a deal could be struck as early as this week.
However, Simon Coveney also cautioned that “we’re not there yet”.