Justine Greening has called for a second referendum, labelling the prime minister’s Brexit deal a “fudge”.
The final decision should be given back to the people and out of “deadlocked politicians” hands, Ms Greening said.
She states there are three options: the PM’s deal, staying in the EU or a clean break from Europe with no deal.
Justine Greening: New Brexit referendum ‘is only way to end deadlock’
Former minister breaks ranks to urge second vote
Theresa May’s hopes of winning support for her Brexit compromise have been dealt a huge blow as Justine Greening has become the first senior Conservative to support calls for a second referendum.
The prime minister’s effort to keep Britain in parts of the single market is the “worst of both worlds” and will satisfy no one, the former education secretary says in an article for The Times.
With the main parties divided, Ms Greening believes that even a free vote in parliament will not confer legitimacy on the final deal.
Justine Greening: Give the British people the final decision on Brexit
I wanted the prime minister’s Chequers agreement to be a workable compromise. It is clear it is not. Leavers are right. Having read the detail, this deal is a fudge I can’t support. It’s the worst of both worlds. In places such as Rotherham, where I grew up, 68 per cent of people voted to Leave and I understand why. My friends and family were voting for long overdue change, but this deal won’t deliver that.
We’ll be dragging Remain voters out of the EU for a deal that means still complying with many EU rules, but now with no say on shaping them. It’s not what they want, and on top of that when they hear that Leave voters are unhappy, they ask, “What’s the point?” For Leavers, this deal simply does not deliver the proper break from the European Union that they wanted.
Justine Greening’s call for new Brexit referendum rejected by No 10
Downing Street has rejected Justine Greening’s call for a fresh referendum on the UK’s exit from the EU, saying it will not happen “in any circumstances”.
The former education secretary argued the final Brexit decision should be given back to the people and out of the hands of “deadlocked politicians”.
She called for three options to be on the ballot paper: the prime minister’s Chequers deal, staying in the EU or a clean break from Europe with no deal.
The UK is due to leave in March 2019.