The Labour peer roused a mixed reaction among the public after suggesting the British Government should abandon plans to Brexit.
Addressing the BBC Any Questions? audience in Worthing on Friday evening, Lord Adonis argued the issue of maintaining frictionless trade with the European Union could be resolved by reversing the Brexit process.
But his suggestion was met with contempt by some member of the public who began to loudly boo at the proposal. Others welcomed the proposals, further highlighting the division between British voters Brexit has caused.
The pro-Remain campaigned said: “Can I make the obvious point in all this? If you don’t want differences in customs regimes, in customs checks and people having to search vehicles and all that, then do not have a different customs regime.
“It’s very simple. If we want to avoid this border then don[’t have differences in customs regimes. I think, by far, the best way of handling all this is to scrap this whole Brexit nonsense and not to do it at all.”
He added: “We shall have a people’s vote and stay in the European Union. That’s the most straightforward way of doing it.”
Lord Adonis, who quit his position as chair of the National Infrastructure Commission to “fight Brexit”, has long been a backer of calls for a second referendum on Brexit but Theresa May rejected the proposal saying it would be a “gross betrayal” of the referendum results.
Mrs May said: “In the summer of 2016, millions came out to have their say. In many cases, for the first time in decades, they trusted that their vote would count; that after years of feeling ignored by politics, their voices would be heard.
“To ask the question all over again would be a gross betrayal of our democracy – and a betrayal of that trust.”
Earlier this month, a Norstat poll conducted on behalf of the Sunday Express found that nine in 10 would vote the same way again in the event of a second referendum – 93 percent of Leavers and 94 percent of Remainers.
The survey of 1,106 people by Norstat polling found that overall, 44 percent would blame the Government if no deal was reached. Just 34 percent would blame the EU.
When asked about a no-deal scenario almost half – 48 percent – said they were concerned by the prospect while only a third, 34 per cent, indicated they would be happy with Britain leaving on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms backed by Brexit hardliners such as the Conservative European Research Group (ERG).
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