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Gordon Brown: 'Brexit backers will realise they made a mistake'

By Pete Madeley | Brexit | Published:

Gordon Brown says that Brexit voters in the West Midlands will face a 'crunch moment' next year when they realise that voting to leave the EU was a mistake.

Former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the launch of his new book at West Bromwich Town Hall

The former Labour Prime Minister says he believes that by next summer many people will see that promises over immigration and finances made by the Leave campaign have 'not been delivered'.

He said it was up to pro-Europe campaigners to put forward a 'game changer' of an argument to remain in the bloc, before launching a potential push for a second referendum.

Speaking at an event at West Bromwich Town Hall to promote his new book, My Life, Our Times, Mr Brown said: "We will come to a crunch moment which I believe will be next summer.

"People will realise - those who voted Leave - that what was promised to them has not been delivered.

"I'm saying we also have to have a game changer out there. We have got to explain to people that there is an alternative way of answering their fears."

He added: "I'm not arguing for a second referendum at the moment, but I can see the point when it would make some sense.

"I think at the moment you have got to accept that people voted Leave, you have got to respect the vote.

"You have got to wait and see how they react to the negotiations and then you have got to put an alternative view forward.

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"That is the point where you have got to make a decision [on a second referendum]."

During his speech Mr Brown addressed issues including NHS funding and tax havens.

He also called on the Government to suspend the roll-out of Universal Credit, claiming the number of children in poverty in the West Midlands would rise to half a million.

He was invited to the Black Country by West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson.

Pete Madeley

By Pete Madeley
@P_Madeley_Star

Political Editor for the Express & Star. Responsible for local and national political stories, opinion, comment and analysis.

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