Sarah Wollaston calls for people's vote on final Brexit deal and compares it to surgery

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Monday, August 20, 2018

A Conservative MP has backed the call for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal, as she likens it to having surgery.

Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes in Devon, has written an article in The Times that calls for the government to allow the people of Britain the chance to vote on the final deal.

In her article, she compares Brexit to surgery, explaining that before surgery you’re informed about all the risks and benefits of it before going through with it.

She said: “If you were about to undergo surgery, you would expect to know what the operation involved and to be informed about all the risks and benefits. It’s called informed consent and no decent surgeon would go ahead without it.

“Brexit certainly is major surgery with far-reaching consequences and the government is about to proceed without informed consent.

“At the time of the referendum the choice was simply to leave or to remain. The type of Brexit was not on the ballot paper, which is like a surgeon asking their patient to consent to an amputation in two years’ time without either of them knowing whether this would involve a few toes or their whole leg.

“Voters were assured that this would be the easiest deal in history and that the world, including the EU, would be queuing at our door to trade on our terms. There would be cake and we would be eating it, alongside every fish that swam in our waters.”


'Compelling case for a People's Vote'

Negotiations with the EU are still ongoing, but some have argued that a no-deal Brexit could be the end result.

“In the real world, instead of a bespoke deal we are all being marched briskly to the edge of the cliff. No deal and no transition look increasingly likely to be the outcome, and is the preferred option of those MPs who have deliberately and fatally undermined the Chequers plan," wrote Wollaston.

“The surgery looks set to be far more radical than anything set out in the referendum and the side-effects and complications of a hard, walk-away, no-deal Brexit with no transition are very different from the promised targeted surgical excision of just the parts of the EU that the Brexiteers didn’t like. Shouldn’t people have an opportunity to weigh up the risks and benefits before proceeding?

“Once we know the final terms there is not just an opportunity but a duty to set out the unintended consequences as well as the potential benefits. There is a compelling case for that to be followed by a people’s vote: we have to make it clear to government that it should not embark on potentially ruinous surgery without the informed consent of the British people.”

Campaign group The People’s Vote has been pushing for a second referendum on the final Brexit deal. This was boosted on Monday with a record £1million donation made to the group from Superdry co-founder Julian Dunkerton.