Former South Shields MP David Miliband’s call for a second Brexit vote has sparked a lively debate among his former constituents.
The Labour ex-foreign secretary described the outcome of last year’s referendum as an “unparalleled act of economic self-harm”.
Writing in a Sunday newspaper, he said the country should have the chance to vote on any Brexit deal in a second referendum - with a straight choice between remaining in the EU and the negotiated alternative.
He said: “People say we must respect the referendum. We should. But democracy did not end on June 23 2016. The referendum will be no excuse if the country is driven off a cliff.
“MPs are there to exercise judgment. Delegating to Theresa May and David Davis, never mind Boris Johnson and Liam Fox, the settlement of a workable alternative to EU membership is a delusion, not just an abdication.”
Gazette readers have been quick to respond on our Facebook page.
Susan Smith has no doubt about what should happen.
She said: “No. The country has voted, now get on with it please! Those who voted to remain, you’ve had your say, you were outvoted, time to accept the majority decision and stop whingeing.”
Peter Watt wrote: “Let’s have it. I voted leave I voted for the hardest brexit going and in a second referendum I’d vote leave again and for the hardest brexit going.”
Mike Robe fears here are politicians using the negotiating process to change the result of the vote.
He wrote: “So, just like they did in Ireland, they would have referendum after referendum until they get the result they want.
“We the people voted to leave. Let’s get on with it.
“All those opposed to leaving saying we can’t manage on our own. What do they think we did in the past.”
Peter St Clair added: “I voted to stay. We lost the vote. Just accept it because if you don’t a precedent will be available for the next time someone doesn’t like the democratic outcome!
Viv Marley said: “I’ve always been taught that out meant out. Have I been missing something?”
Trevor Ord wrote: “I agree that the Tory version of leaving the EU will be a disaster. However, can anyone tell me when the last time an election of any kind was rerun because some people did not like the result?”
Yvonne Anderson added: “The truth is that our politicians are just not up to the job. They decided to have a referendum never dreaming that people would vote “out” and they had no Plan B to deal with it. They still don’t.”