Miliband joins chorus for second Brexit vote

Former British foreign minister says May's strategy is economically damaging

A customer looks a model of a red London Bus outside a shop on the Portobello Road Market in the Notting Hill district of west London, on August 8, 2017.
Last week, The Bank of England cut its UK growth forecasts with governor Mark Carney warning that high inflation triggered by a Brexit-fuelled slump in the pound had hurt consumer spending. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga Akmen

The former British foreign minister David Miliband called at the weekend for voters to be given a second referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union.

Writing in The Observer newspaper Mr Miliband, the foreign minister under a Labour government between 2007 and 2010, called Brexit an "unparalleled act of economic self-harm" and said there should be another public vote once the final terms of Britain's exit are known.

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Although no longer a serving British politician, Mr Miliband - the brother of former Labour leader Ed Miliband - is still seen as an influential centrist voice.

His criticism joins that of a growing number of pro-EU figures from across the political spectrum who say the prime minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy is economically damaging and that voters should be given a chance to halt the process.

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