Social Democrat (SPD) general secretary Katarina Barley said a second vote over whether to stay in the European Union (EU) should be held once the conditions of Brexit are clear.
She has joined remainers including Tim Farron, Nick Clegg and Tony Blair who have been consistently slapped down when calling for a second vote, claiming British people and politicians didn’t really know what leaving would “be about”.
Ms Barley said: “When the referendum was held, nobody really knew what it would be about – not the British people, not even the political class.
“A lot of people wrongfully thought that Britain could get a deal like Switzerland or Norway without the inconveniences, without accepting the rulings of the European Court of Justice, without free movement of labour.
“Now they know that this isn’t the case and they should be asked to vote again on this.”
The 48-year-old, whose father is British, said she discussed the idea of a second referendum with “a lot of politicians, both Brexiteers and Remainers” and believes people are changing their minds because “nobody really has an idea, not Theresa May, not Boris Johnson – how all of this should work out”.
Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 at the end of last month, ending Britain’s 44-membership of the Brussels club.
Mrs May has proposed simultaneous divorce and trade deal talks to stop Britain falling out of the EU without an agreement after two years.
Yet EU bigwigs – including Donald Tusk and Angela Merkel – have advocated a move towards settling Britain’s divorce from the bloc before trade talks on any new deal can begin.
Ms Barley told Politico: “The intention of the May government is to say ‘either we get a very good deal or its the fault of the European Union because they want to punish us’.
“Which first of all, isn’t true. The EU and member states were always completely clear about what Brexit would mean.
“The only ones who weren’t clear about it were Tories.”
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