Lord Heseltine: ‘The British people were conned’ during the EU referendum

Lord Heseltine: ‘The British people were conned’ during the EU referendum

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Lord Michael Heseltine, a former Deputy Prime Minister has said that the British people were “conned” into voting Leave during the EU referendum in 2016.

Lord Heseltine told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “If the people want to vote again then that is entirely a matter for the nation state. I happen to believe that the British people were conned.

“You remember the £350m for the health service but what actually happened? We got a lot of money for the health service but it came from borrowing.”

He added that there was only “one solution” to the current impasse in British politics.

“There is only one solution and that is to let the British public decide now that they know the facts.

“There is no agreement – anywhere – the Cabinet does not agree, Parliament does not agree.

“The only way to deal with the situation is to put it back to the people. My view is that if the people voted again to go – now they know the facts - people like me would have to accept that.

“What we cannot stand is the knowledge that they were conned and voted for something quite different to what they were getting.”


'National humiliation' 

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Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to meet with a series of European leaders on Tuesday, including Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and the President of the European Council Donald Tusk.

This comes after May announced the postponing of the meaningful vote on her EU Withdrawal Agreement, which was expected to take place on Tuesday afternoon. 

Lord Heseltine described the current political situation as “national humiliation”.

“This shows what Brexit really means. Here is Britain crawling around the European capitals begging for favours. Some people call it sovereignty and some people say it is taking back control,” he said.

“I describe it as national humiliation. This is just the beginning before we are outside, when they make the decisions and we won’t be there.  

“That to me is the most appalling way to bequeath our society to the younger generation.”