Blocking Brexit to encourage far-right groups: UK minister
UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has warned that blocking Britain’s planned withdrawal from the EU would “open the door” to extremist and far-right movements in the country.
Grayling said on Saturday that a reversal of Brexit, a decision taken after a June 2016 EU referendum, would cause some 17 million people who voted for Brexit to feel “cheated”.
“It will open the door to extremist populist political forces in this country of the kind we see in other countries in Europe,” Grayling told the Daily Mail, adding, “There’s already a nastiness and unpleasantness in our politics, more people with extreme views, more people willing to behave in an uncivilized way.”
He said if the British parliament rejects a draft Brexit deal on Tuesday and force Prime Minister Theresa May’s government to somehow cancel Brexit, some regions in the UK where many want a divorce from the EU would rebel against the established political norms.
“If MPs who represent seats that voted 70% to leave say ‘sorry guys, we’re still going to have freedom of movement’, they will turn against the political mainstream,” Grayling said.
The comments come as many believe a rejection of May’s Brexit deal in the House of Commons on January 15 would seriously deepen the current uncertainties surrounding Brexit.
May has indicated that her government will bring Britain out of the EU as planned on March 29, 2019 even in a disorderly manner.
However, some say she could extend Britain’s membership in the EU by one year and allow a new referendum on Brexit, which could nullify the results of the original referendum in which Britons voted 52-48 to leave the EU.