Stephen Crabb MP
Mr Crabb, has said time is needed to create unity at home, before any Article 50 notification of the UK’s intention to leave the EU be sent to Brussels.
To ensure the involvement of all parts of the UK in Brexit decision-making, Mr Crabb said he would create an advisory council bringing together the UK, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland governments and the London mayor.
Jeremy Hunt MP
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has suggested a second referendum – or a general election – be held to approve any agreement on the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU.
Mr Hunt said the withdrawal process should be delayed until shortly before the next election, scheduled for 2020 – meaning a delay in leaving the EU until 2022.
He is the first cabinet minister to go public with the idea of a second referendum.
Mr Hunt told the BBC the terms of any UK-EU trade deals would be a “huge decision” and that people should have the chance to give their verdict.
He said this could either be through a referendum or as part of the Conservative manifesto for the 2020 general election, saying the government could wait until this time before triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which sets in place a formal two-year process for leaving.
Nicola Sturgeon – Scotland’s First Minister
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set up a “standing council” of experts to provide her with advice following the Brexit vote.
Nicola Sturgeon said today she was “utterly determined” to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe.
Ms Sturgeon told MSPs that “all the impacts” of the referendum result needed to be set out and evaluated and “all of the options” open to Scotland in securing its relationship with the EU needed to be looked at.
Scotland’s leader said the expert council would be chaired by Professor Anton Muscatelli, Glasgow University’s principal and vice chancellor, and would have 17 members, including politicians, economists and constitutional experts.
Tim Farron MP
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron says the result is “reversible” and said he would campaign to keep the UK in the EU at the next election, whenever it takes place.
David Lammy MP
David Lammy said on 25th June:
“Our sovereign Parliament needs to now vote on whether we should exit the EU.”
“The referendum was an advisory, non-binding referendum.”
“Parliament now needs to decide whether we should go forward with Brexit, and there should be a vote in Parliament.”