BREXIT: William Hague warns Lords not to force ‘referendum merry-go-round’ on public

Posted on Feb 1 2018 - 1:28pm by admin

The former Conservative party leader hit out at calls from Europhile peers including Lord Adonis for a second referendum.

Lord Hague: ”We could have made a success of the UK in the EU and we can make a success, with some cost and upheaval, of being outside the EU.

“But we cannot possibly make a success of being in a national state of bewilderment about when we’re going to have another referendum and which direction we are going in.”

While Lord Hague admitted the bill had not been delivered to the Lords “in a perfect finished form”, he argued the push for a second referendum or any attempts to undo the people’s choice to leave the bloc could “plunge the country into a long and bitter dispute and division, greater than anything we have seen so far”.

However he urged the Government to offer a “warmer embrace” to parliamentary scrutiny amid concerns the bill takes power away from MPs and instead consolidates control for ministers.

He added: ”I hope ministers will continue the robust implementation of the referendum, will set forth the arguments against a referendum merry-go-round that might never end and isn’t in the national interest – but will embrace the parliamentary scrutiny and sovereignty which was meant to be one of the upsides of leaving the EU.”

Earlier this month, Lord Adonis, a strong opponent of Brexit, said he wants everything “deleted” from the EU Bill.

He said: “It is such a dreadful Bill – all power to the Government, trashing our entire system of trade & international relations. I constantly want to table just one amendment: ‘DELETE ALL’!”

Other Lords have joined William Hague to hit out at Europhile elements in the upper house, who now have the ability to attempt to change the bill before it is given royal assent.

Lord Michael Dobbs made the passionate speech during the second reading of the EU Bill and told his unelected colleagues that they have a duty to advise and enhance but not to obstruct the Government’s bill.

He said: “We have a duty to advise, to enhance, to improve where we can, but not to obstruct or overturn. Least of all, to sabotage.”

Lord Dobbs described the current Brexit debate as “historic” and as “one of those very special parliamentary moments”.

He said: “A hundred years ago, it was the people’s budget. Today, it is the people’s Brexit.

“And I profoundly welcome it.”

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