Senior British Politico: Brexit May Never Happen

Senior British Politico: Brexit May Never Happen
Senior British Politico: Brexit May Never Happen

Sir Vince Cable, the likely next Lib Dem leader, says he is “beginning to think Brexit may never happen”.

He said “enormous” divisions in the Labour and the Tory parties and a “deteriorating” economy would make people think again, BBC reported.

“People will realize that we didn’t vote to be poorer, and I think the whole question of continued membership will once again arise,” he said.

The former business secretary said the Lib Dem policy on a second referendum on the terms of a Brexit deal “didn’t really cut through in the general election”.

But he said it could offer voters “a way out when it becomes clear the Brexit is potentially disastrous”.

Sir Vince looks set to be crowned Lib Dem leader as the only candidate to have thrown his hat into the ring following the resignation of Tim Farron.

Cable told the BBC he wants to work with Labour and Tory MPs to block what he regards as Theresa May’s “hard Brexit” policy.

“A lot of people are keeping their heads down,” he said, and “we’ll see what happens” when MPs returned from their summer break.

But he added: “I’m beginning to think that Brexit may never happen. The problems are so enormous, the divisions within the two major parties are so enormous. I can see a scenario in which this doesn’t happen.”

MPs are set to vote on the Repeal Bill, a key piece of Brexit legislation, in the autumn.

Cable has said he wants to form a cross-party coalition including like-minded Tory and Labour MPs to oppose Britain’s exit from the single market - the official policy of both the Conservative and Labour parties.

He said Labour MPs who disagreed with their leader’s position were welcome in his party, and predicted Labour’s divisions on the issue would get worse.

“Jeremy Corbyn had a good election, for sure, but there is an element of a ‘bubble’ about it,” he told Andrew Marr.

“He managed to attract large numbers of people on the basis that he was leading opposition to Brexit, actually he is very pro-Brexit, and hard Brexit, and I think when that becomes apparent, the divisions in the Labour Party will become more real and the opportunity for us to move into that space will be substantial.”



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