The chancellor Philip Hammond has split the Conservative party as he said a second referendum “deserves to be tested in Parliament,” and is now a “credible” option.
However, Matt Hancock the health secretary said on Hammonds remark, “Well, that’s certainly not how I would describe it.”
Hammond told ITV’s Peston programme, “Many people will disagree with it [a second referendum], I’m not sure there is a majority in Parliament for it, but it’s a perfectly credible proposition and it deserves to be tested in Parliament.”
He alarmed Brexit backers as he warned of potentially long delay in leaving the EU, the Conservative party might have to back a customs union.
Robin Walker, Brexit minister criticised the People’s Vote saying, “It would create further division, and further uncertainty, we don’t think it’s the right way forward.”
Hancock who was on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning said a second referendum would be “divisive” and not decisive.
He said, “I don’t see how that helps. That isn’t about delivering Brexit … it doesn’t help us leave the European Union before the European elections, so I am very, very strongly against it.
“I would much prefer the Prime Minister’s deal to a customs union, to be frank,” Mr Hancock he said. “I want to deliver Brexit. I have spoken about the problems of a customs union and I don’t think it’s as good for the country. But I also want to deliver Brexit.”