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 ahead of a Remain campaign event at the University of Ulster in Londonderry.

Former prime ministers Sir John Major (left) and Tony Blair walk across the Peace Bridge in Londonderry ahead of a Remain campaign event at the University of Ulster in Londonderry.

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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.”

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.

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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