Former British prime minister John Major has lashed out at the idea of Britain leaving the European Union, saying Brexit will be a “self-harm” policy that would mostly impact the next generation of working class Britons.
“I can recall nothing to match this,” said Major on Thursday, adding, “It is the first time in our long history that any British government has embraced a policy of self-harm, despite their own advisers warning that it will make our nation weaker – and our people poorer.”
Major, Conservative prime minister for seven years after Margaret Thatcher stepped down 1990, said Brexit was not the only failure of his own party on power.
He said the surge in the number of food banks across the UK was a sign that the Tory party was ignoring the people.
“It cannot be right that – in the fifth or sixth richest nation in the world – food banks have become essential in the lives of so many people,” said Major.
Major has been the most prominent Tory figure to call for a full scrapping of Brexit. He has maintained through months of political wrangling in the British parliament that the government should revoke an EU mechanism to leave and allow a new referendum on Brexit.
He said in his Thursday speech that the young generation in the UK will never forgive the politicians and campaigners who launched a social movement for the country to leave the European Union.
“Over time, the young may prove to be the biggest losers,” said Major, adding “In advance of Brexit, they fear for their future. Post Brexit – if they turn out to be right – they may neither forget nor forgive those responsible.” – Press TV.