Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:34 pm on 23rd July 2018.

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Photo of Lord Newby Lord Newby Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords 3:34 pm, 23rd July 2018

I think that things have moved on since the last general election. At the time of the election, a lot of people believed the slogan on the bus; a lot of people believed a whole raft of things about EU membership, or leaving the EU, which have proved to be false. All I am doing is explaining how public opinion currently stands. The noble Lord might not like it, but that is where we stand. If we go back two years, it was different; if we go back five years, it was different again. When we first had a referendum, it was two to one in favour. Public opinion changes, and it has changed against the noble Lord’s view. That is why he does not like it and that is why he does not want to have a referendum.