Boris Johnson has warned that the public want politicians to get on with the Brexit process.
The foreign secretary’s words come on the second anniversary of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, as thousands of people are expected to march to Westminster to call for a referendum on the terms of Brexit secured by Prime Minister Theresa May.
Mr Johnson urged Mrs May to deliver a full British Brexit, not something that was half-hearted.
Writing in The Sun, he said: Across the country I find people who – whatever they voted two years ago – just want us to get on and do it.
They don’t want a half-hearted Brexit.
They don’t want some sort of hopeless compromise, some perpetual pushme-pullyou arrangement in which we stay half-in and half-out in a political no man’s land – with no more ministers round the table in Brussels and yet forced to obey EU laws.
They don’t want some bog roll Brexit, soft, yielding and seemingly infinitely long.
They want this Government to fulfil the mandate of the people and deliver a full British Brexit.
Organisers of the People’s Vote march expect thousands of anti-Brexit supporters to descend on Parliament Square later, where speakers will include Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, Tory former minister Anna Soubry, Labour’s David Lammy and Green co-leader Caroline Lucas.
Sir Vince is expected to say: Brexit is not a done deal. Brexit is not inevitable. Brexit can be stopped.
Parliament is fiddling at the margins while the country slowly burns.
He will add: Theresa May admits there will be damage. Her policy is damage limitation.
Better to stop the damage. To return the issue to the people, to vote on the deal (or no deal).
With the option of staying in the EU and working to improve it rather than walk away.
Research by the Centre for European Reform has shown Brexit has already made the UK economy 2.1% weaker than it would have been if voters had decided to stay in the EU.
Data from similar economies, including Canada, Japan, Hungary and the US was used to estimate how the UK would have performed.
CER deputy director John Springford said: Two years on from the referendum, we now know that the Brexit vote has seriously damaged the economy.
And we know that the government’s ‘Brexit dividend’ is a myth, the vote is costing the Treasury £440m a week, far more than the UK ever contributed to the EU budget.
Meanwhile, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the UK was not bluffing about being prepared to walk away from talks with Brussels.
He said the economic impact of a no deal Brexit on EU members would be severe.