‘The British people made their wishes clear and I absolutely accept the result,” said the then-home secretary to the October 2016 Conservative party conference. “This referendum is binding – we must respect the will of the people”.
Amber Rudd is by no means the only senior politician who, having spouted pious claims of “absolute respect” for the UK’s Brexit vote, has since changed their tune. But by pointing last week to a “plausible case” for “a second referendum”, she became the first cabinet minister to cross that rhetorical and moral Rubicon.
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