Sir John: Revoke Article 50 to avoid long-lasting damage to UK

Former prime ministers Sir John Major (left) and Tony Blair walk across the Peace Bridge in Londonderry

Former prime ministers Sir John Major (left) and Tony Blair walk across the Peace Bridge in Londonderry - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Former prime minister Sir John Major has said revoking Article 50 - the process which would stop Brexit - is the 'only sensible course' for the UK.

Sir John, who led the country between 1990 and 1997, wrote in the Sunday Times that he backs a People's Vote and added that for the government to allow a no-deal Brexit would be 'morally reprehensible'.

Writing that the divisions between people on both sides of the referendum debate have become 'bitter and entrenched', Sir John added: 'The cost of a no-deal Brexit to our national wellbeing would be heavy and long-lasting.

'The benefits are close to zero. Every single household - rich or poor - would be worse off for many years to come.

'Jumping off a cliff has never had a happy ending.'


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He added that a 'new process' of national consultation was needed, adding: 'No true democracy should deny a considered choice to its people.'

Meanwhile, London mayor Sadiq Khan has written in the Observer suggesting that May should step down and call a general election if she loses next week's vote.

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He wrote: 'It's clear that if our government and parliament are incapable of finding a way out of this mess, it should be taken out of the hands of the politicians and returned to the British people to take back control.'

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