Green MEP welcomes Minister’s admission that Government lacks Brexit mandate

Keith Taylor has responded to Philip Hammond’s admission that the Government ‘haven’t had a specific mandating of an end state position [for Brexit].’ The senior Green MEP said:

“I welcome the Chancellor’s admission that the EU referendum only gave the Government a mandate to begin negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union, not a mandate to agree to an economically illiterate final Brexit deal. Without meaning to, Hammond has conceded that the British people have not given the Conservative Party licence to pursue an economically illiterate Brexit agenda – and certainly not one dictated by the hard right DUP, who represent less than 1% of the population.”

“With the Government’s shambling towards a disastrous Brexit, it is time for Hammond and the rest of the Government to acknowledge that the only way they can get a mandate for the final Brexit deal is by going to the British people. The EU referendum should have been the start of a democratic process, not the end of one. A senior Cabinet Minister has just admitted the Government doesn’t have a mandate for the final Brexit deal and the public now supports a referendum of the terms of any Brexit deal. It’s clear that a ratification referendum on the terms is a democratic necessity.”