Former PM says ‘tyranny of the majority’ should not dictate manner of UK’s exit from the European Union in remarks likely to anger pro-Brexit Tories.
Sir John Major has declared there is a ‘perfectly credible’ case for a second referendum on Brexit and people who voted to remain should not be subject to the ‘tyranny of the majority’.
The former prime minister said the views of Remain voters should be heard in the debate about how Britain will leave the European Union.
The ex-Conservative leader told guests at a private dinner that the 48% of people who voted to stay in the European Union should have their say on the terms of the deal for breaking away from Brussels.
Major said he accepted the UK would not remain a full member of the EU but hoped the Brexit deal would enable the country to stay as close as possible to the other 27 members and the single market – the Times reported.
Parliament – not the government – should make the final decision on any new deal with the remaining members of the EU and there was a ‘perfectly credible case’ for a second referendum.
‘I hear the argument that the 48% of people who voted to stay should have no say in what happens’ he said.
‘I find that very difficult to accept.
The tyranny of the majority has never applied in a democracy and it should not apply in this particular democracy’.