The Foreign Office Minister and Deputy to Boris Johnson, Alan Duncan MP, has thrown the Government’s opposition to a People’s Vote into confusion after reportedly agreeing today that there could be a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal negotiated by the Government.
In comments reported by Bloomberg, Mr Duncan said: “It would, I suppose, just be possible to ask the people in a referendum if they liked the exit deal or not.”
His comments added to another day of Brexit confusion and turmoil in Westminster.
Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Alan Duncan is absolutely right to back the idea of a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. As a Foreign Office minister, and deputy to Boris Johnson, he must know as well as anybody what an utter shambles Brexit has become.
“The negotiations are a mess, the Cabinet is in chaos, and Parliament is paralysed by party political game-playing. Alan Duncan seems to have finally recognised that the best way out of this quagmire is for the people to decide whether the deal is good enough.
“We wish Alan Duncan the best of luck in persuading his boss Boris Johnson of the necessity for a People’s Vote, and he is of course welcome to join the March for a People’s Vote on June 23rd.”
Notes to editors
The comments were reported here: https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/2018/06/07/may-davis-talks-on-eu-customs-were-constructive-brexit-update (time: 11:52am)