As British Prime Minister Theresa May faces escalating pressure from the so-called "Hard Brexiteers" outraged over her pursuit of a "soft Brexit" with Europe in her Chequers plan, one of her former cabinet ministers and a lead Remain-supporter in the Conservative party has come out in favour of holding a second referendum on Britain's EU membership.
In an article for The Times newspaper, former Education Secretary Justine Greening rubbished the government's Brexit blueprint, agreed more than a week ago, as "the worst of both worlds" and that it would "suit no-one."
"Parliament is at stalemate…it's time to go back to the people."— BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) July 16, 2018
MP Justine Greening wants a second vote on #Brexit with three options:
❌The Prime Minister's Brexit deal
❌Stay in the EU#5liveBreakfast pic.twitter.com/FsnNd4qt78
Justine Greening is the first MP to have the guts to say we need a fresh referendum. A straightforward referendum might create furter division tho. A referendum on May's deal may be a better way forward — as is being proposed.— Son of Robespierre (@sonofr) July 16, 2018
The Tories held the #Brexit referendum to resolve a Tory dispute & now want to ignore that result & hold a 2nd referendum to stop their party falling apart.— Damian from Brighton (@damian_from) July 16, 2018
The country is not here for the convenience of the Tory party.
It is time for a General Election.https://t.co/t6jQV81AIC
"We'll be dragging Remain voters out of the EU for a deal that means still complying with many EU rules, but now with no say on shaping them. It's not what they want, and on top of that when they hear that Leave voters are unhappy, they ask, 'What's the point?" she insisted in her article.
Justine Greening served as the Conservative government's Education Secretary from mid-2016 until a cabinet reshuffle in January when she resigned her position. In the United Kingdom's 2016 EU membership referendum, Ms Greening backed the Remain campaign and has now become the Party's most senior figure to advocate a second vote on the matter.