ANTI-BREXIT businessman Charlie Mullins claimed the UK will not leave the European Union in March 2019 because British voters “aren’t that stupid anymore” and will want a second vote.
Millionaire plumber Charlie Mullins pledged his support for a second Brexit referendum predicting British voters will reverse the results of the 2016 referendum.
Mr Mullins, who in March announced he would support the Lib Dem leader Vince Cable in his attempts to stop Brexit, has long claimed leaving the European Union would have negative effects on the country.
Speaking to LBC, the Pimlico Plumbers tycoon said: “We need a second referendum. We need to speak out.
“I’m telling you now, we won’t be leaving the EU. I don’t care what anybody says. We won’t be leaving because the British people aren’t that stupid any more.”
Mr Mullins insisted the people would be “unhappy” if the Government failed to set up a new referendum on the final terms of the Brexit withdrawal agreement struck with Brussels.
He also reiterated the UK economy would suffer from leaving the bloc: “People are going to be very unhappy if we don’t have a second vote.
“We now know the facts. We’re not prepared to put up with what we’re being told, lies, ahead of us. What bit do the government not understand? Brexit is not good for the economy and for the people.”
Asked about comments from Labour frontbencher Barry Gardiner about possible Leave voters stirring up “civil unrest” in the event of a second vote, Mr Mullins voiced his hope Britons would be able to resolve the issue in a “civilised” manner.
He added: “I’d hate to think people do take law into their own hands because that’s not the way to heal things. We’re civilised people and if we want to change our minds, we can change our minds.”
Mr Gardiner, who backed Remain at the 2016 referendum, on Tuesday said the vote of the people had to be respected to protect British democracy.
The shadow International Trade Secretary said: “Those people who now want a second referendum are saying ‘because you voted in the wrong way, we’ll give you another chance to get it right,’ that undermines the whole principle of democracy in this country.
“What I’m saying in any situation if people feel the root to change is no longer a democratic route then you look to social disruption, perhaps civil disobedience, in a different way and this is playing with our democracy, it’s playing with the foundations of the country in a way that is really damaging.”
A Deltapoll survey of 1,094 adults published last week revealed that one in four Briton want the Government to deliver Brexit, with only 31 percent backing a new in-out referendum.
We won’t be leaving the EU, I don’t care what anybody says