THE peer who penned the Article 50 EU legislation will cause outrage by declaring Brexit be reversed – and our neighbours would “applaud”.
In a highly controversial intervention cross-bench peer Lord Kerr will say we can “change our minds at any stage during the process”.
PA:Press Association Lord Kerr has accused Theresa May of misleading Britain by saying that there’s ‘no going back’
And he will accuse Theresa May of misleading voters by saying there is “no going back” after triggering the two-year exit process in March. But leading Brexiteers branded his intervention “pure treachery”.
It is the first time that Lord Kerr – who wrote the key EU withdrawal clause while working for Brussels in 2009, has said Britain could unilaterally reverse it.
And it follows a string of calls from Remainers and leading European figures who have raised the prospect of reversing Brexit over the last fortnight.
Gordon Brown added his voice to the growing number of Remainers saying Brexit could be reversed.
PA:Press Association The PM has dismissed suggestions that Article 50 could be reversed
The former PM said Britain should be prepared to rethink the decision to leave the EU if it becomes clear that promises made during the referendum campaign won’t be delivered.
And setting a very clear timeframe for when we should consider holding a second referendum, Mr Brown said: “Let us look at the facts next summer when we know that the promises that were made by the Leave campaign will not have been achieved.”
EU President Donald Tusk said the UK Government had the power to halt the exit process, while the Europhile ex-Blairite minister Lord Adonis said he was given assurances from Brussels that the UK could be stopped “whenever it likes” and earlier this week Angela Merkel’s top economic advisers urged her to prevent Brexit.
But the PM has repeatedly dismissed any suggestion that Article 50 – which she triggered in March – could be reversed.
AP:Associated Press Gordon Brown said Britain should have the decision to rethink the decision to leave EU if promises of the leave camp are not met
Lord Kerr will give a boost to those hoping to block Brexit by suggesting a second referendum should be held if “new facts emerge” – and said EU leaders will “cheer” if so.
“We don’t have to go if at any stage, within the two years, we decide we don’t want to.
“The fact is that a political decision has been made, in this country, to maintain that there can be no going back.
“Actually, the country still has a free choice about whether to proceed. As new facts emerge, people are entitled to take a different view. And there’s nothing in Article 50 to stop them. I think the British people have the right to know this – they should not be misled.”
PA:Press Association Cross-bench pear Lord Kerr believes we can ‘change our minds at any stage during the process’
News of his intervention caused fury among leading Brexit supporters.
Ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith fumed: “It is an absurd and pointless statement. The British people have had their say and voted in a referendum to leave the EU.
“Lord Kerr and his close allies in the EU are used to bullying people until they make the ‘right’ decision.
We are leaving and nothing the Remoaners like Lord Kerr can say will stop what 17 million British people voted for.”
PA:Press Association Breixteers have slammed Lord Kerr’s intervention and branded it ‘pure treachery’
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: “This is pure treachery. He is acting against the settled wishes of the British people.”