Published On: Sat, Aug 24th, 2019

Brexit news: Leave would win second EU exit referendum claims Brexiteer Toby Young | UK | News

In 2016 52 percent of the British people voted to leave the EU. However the ‘People’s Vote’ campaign is calling for another referendum, as are the Liberal Democrats and a number of smaller parties. Mr Young, an editor on the online conservative magazine Quillete, warned they should be careful what they wish for.

Speaking to he said: “If there was a second referendum I think that the remainers would probably do worse than they did three years ago.

“Lots of the arguments that people on the leave side were making then that were disputed by the remainers, such as the federal project is alive and well, the people running the EU want there to be a united states of Europe, they want to create an EU army, I think would be much harder to dispute now.

“I also think that the EU have behaved so badly during the three year period since we voted to leave, and have treated us with such contempt and have offered us such a poor deal, that that will have persuaded some people who did vote remain in 2016 that actually we don’t want to be part of this club anymore.

“But that’s not to say that there ought to be a second referendum, I think one referendum was sufficient.

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“When that referendum took place we weren’t told it would be the best out of three.”

Boris Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the EU on October 31 with or without a formal Brexit deal.

However opposition parties and some of his own backbenchers have vowed to oppose him.

This means there could be an autumn General Election, ever before or after the UK’s leaves the EU.

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If this happens Mr Young called for Brexiteers to cooperate to prevent Remain supporting parties winning.

He asserted: “If there is a General Election before we’ve left and if the Brexit Party field candidates in enough constituencies its possible the division amongst the Brexit supporting voters will allow a minority of Remain supporting voters to come up through the middle.

“I think the way to mitigate that is to create some kind of tactical voting alliance that has an authoritative figure promoting it, a really good website, a really good grassroots campaign that can tell people which candidate they should vote for in their constituency if they want to guarantee that we leave on October 31.

“f there is a general election we probably won’t get a great deal of notice and we won’t have much time to put together an alliance of that kind so I think we probably need to start thinking about that now.”

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