Doughty – Gove is right on one thing: British public have the right to change their minds on Brexit

Michael Gove has today written a column in which he opines that the British people can change the terms of the Brexit deal if they don’t like it. 

Gove believes that any deal should allow the UK to diverge from EU rules in future, saying “The British people will be in control. If the British people dislike the agreement that we have negotiated with the EU, the agreement will allow a future government to diverge.”

Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“This is desperate stuff from Michael Gove. He knows that Brexit on the terms that he, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage sold it to people is simply not deliverable. 

“But he is right about one thing - the British public have the right to change their mind on Brexit.

“Brexiters can’t have it both ways. Either they diverge from EU standards and pursue a hard Brexit, which will lead to a hard border in Ireland and a shattered economy. Or they retain full alignment with the EU, in which case why not stay in the Single Market and Customs Union?

“What happens next is up to the British people, and all options are still open to us. If people decide it is inflicting unnecessary pain for absolutely no gain, they have the right to change their mind about leaving.”


Notes to Editors

The full column by Michael Gove in the Daily Telegraph can be read here.