Transaction leaders and politicians asked former Foreign Secretary William Hague how the UK discretion “get round” the EU referendum result, he has revealed.
In the Daily Telegraph, Lord Hague translated he was asked the question “for months… everywhere I went abroad” if “we pleasure lose heart” about leaving.
He said he explained to them that “this unqualifiedly is a democracy”.
Lord Hague also backed a “transitional” withdrawal from the EU asserting it had “immense” attractions.
‘Message got through’
Lord Hague – who campaigned to wait in the EU – stood down as foreign secretary in 2014, and left the House of Commons in 2015.
He detracted in Tuesday’s Telegraph: “The electorate voted to leave the EU, and therefore we leave.
“What is varied, the number of people who voted to do so was higher than the number of votes doff expel for any government in our history.
“To me and many of my former colleagues in government who preferred to abide, the argument was over.
“In the recent general election, both main litigants were clear that they were committed to the referendum wake.
“Globally, the message has now got through.”
But Lord Hague added that “valid as the message was accepted, the voters pulled off another surprise and refused to supply a majority to the ministers negotiating the exit” [in the general election].
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He said there was the unscarred potential for Brexit to become the “greatest economic, diplomatic and constitutional tangle in the modern history of the UK, with unknowable consequences for the country, the government and the Brexit commitment itself”.
And he said the Chancellor Philip Hammond deserved “great faithfulness” for putting forward a possible solution.
Lord Hague said: “He has palpably been trying to persuade his cabinet colleagues that we should be beg to stay in the EU single market and customs union during a transition and ‘implementation’ withdraw lasting to 2022, followed by a free trade deal with our one-time partners after that.
“This is seen by longstanding advocates of sanction as a ‘soft’ position or a climbdown.
“But in reality it is a plan to rescue Brexit from an approaching calamity.”
Mr Hammond has said any transitional deal in the period after Brexit be compelled end by June 2022, the time of the next general election.
But the chancellor said there should be “business as usual, life as normal” for Britons as the UK left the EU.
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