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Second EU Brexit referendum needed says Mike Russell

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
16th Apr 19 10:49 am

Scotland’s constitutional relations secretary, Mike Russell said a second Brexit referendum to include an option to remain needs to be held, even if the prime ministers deal is agreed.

Russell said that people over the UK should be given the chance to vote on the deal, even if a compromise is found to pass the deal.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme Russell said, “What I would want to see at this stage is either no Brexit that’s rescinding, revoking the Article 50 process or, at the very least, a referendum on the choices before us.

“And the choice has to include revoking Article 50 and stopping this, because it’s been the most enormous disaster, the most enormous, costly disaster.

When asked if a second referendum should still be held should a compromise be reached on Theresa May’s Brexit deal before the current deadline of 31 October, Russell replied, “Yes. People have the right to choose, they have the right to say they don’t wish to do this.

“Things have changed enormously over the last three years and we also know that the original referendum was deeply flawed.

“I hope the Labour party is in this position too in its discussions with the UK government, because I don’t think it could be conceived of now without giving people the chance to say what they thought.”

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