Sir Vince Cable: Chance of MPs backing second referendum ‘50/50’

Monday, October 21, 2019

Liberal Democrat MP Sir Vince Cable has said he believes there has been as “increase in support” among MPs for a second Brexit referendum.

When asked about the chances of parliamentarians backing Boris Johnson’s deal in a second vote, the former party leader told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer he thought the odds were “50/50”.

“I’m confident that there’s an increase in support but we’re dealing with very fine margins, as we know in the current House of Commons it’s very close and as I say, I would put it around 50/50."

Over the weekend an amendment tabled by ex-Conservative Sir Oliver Letwin was passed, which allowed MPs to have the opportunity to scrutinise legislation related to the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal before they approve it.

This means that Parliament could this week put forward amendments to the implementation of the agreement – including attaching a second referendum.

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As MPs sat in the House of Commons for a special Saturday sitting, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered outside as part of the People’s Vote march.

People’s Vote campaigner Alastair Campbell also spoke to talkRADIO, saying the UK was in “Alice in Wonderland territory”.

He told Julia: “I have been clear from the word go that this is such a massive decision that it is absolutely right that whatever outcome of the Brexit negotiations, they should be put back to the people in a confirmatory referendum.

“I’ve always said that and I think way the argument has panned out since then has underlined the need for that.”

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