As soon as the last vote was counted and the will of the people of U.K. known, progressives on both sides of the Atlantic have scrambled to undercut the victory of the majority who voted to leave the European Union. Calling “Leave” voters everything from suicidal to stupid, left-wing elites have expressed their outrage over the decision to reassert national sovereignty. But one Member of Parliament is taking it a step further, calling for the government to simply overrule the will of the people.
David Lammy is a Labour Party MP and he’s insisting, “We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in Parliament.”
Lammy released a statement reading, in part, “The referendum was an advisory, non-binding referendum.”
Citing people who’ve publicly claimed they voted for “Leave” and now regret it, Lammy said, “Parliament now needs to decide whether we should go forward with Brexit, and there should be a vote in Parliament next week.”
Prime Minister David Cameron resigned after campaigning for the “Remain” campaign, which lost 52-48.
Lammy said, “Let us not destroy our economy on the basis of lies and hubris of Boris Johnson.”
Johnson, the former Mayor of London, is widely expected to replace Cameron as PM.
Wake up. We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness through a vote in Parliament. My statement below pic.twitter.com/V8f9Yo1TZd
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) June 25, 2016
A day earlier, Lammy pledged to “serve” his constituents no matter how they voted.
To my constituents: however you voted I promise to do my utmost to serve you during the difficult and troubling times ahead
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) June 24, 2016
More than 2 million people have signed a petition calling for another vote on leaving the European Union.
On the day of the vote, Lammy expressed solidarity with, and support for, Democrats who were then staging a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to override the due process clause in the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.
Full of admiration and support for Democrats protesting on the floor of Congress to demand action on gun control https://t.co/LIF9nxFfNM
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) June 23, 2016