Voters were sold a 'fantasy Brexit' in 2016 referendum

Ben Bradshaw

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has said the public were sold a "unicorn fantasy Brexit" in the EU referendum.

The politician appeared on the Mike Graham show following last night's series of "indicative votes", in which MPs failed to find a majority for any alternative Brexit options to the Prime Minister's deal.

However, the option of holding a confirmatory public vote on the deal came close to receiving a majority, being defeated by just 12 votes.

Mr Bradshaw said the "only way" to move forward with Brexit was to allow a public vote on the deal, despite its 12-vote defeat.

"The only way we're going to make closure on this and come back together as a country, is if the public is allowed to give their verdict on the deal. Not the fantasy Brexit that was sold to them in 2016," he said.

"In the end, I trust the British people to be able to deliver their verdict on Theresa May's deal."

He added: "The other 27 EU countries must be tearing their hair out at both the British government and Parliament. We all are."

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