Gary Lineker calls for new Brexit referendum and blasts PM for "mess" UK is in
Gary Lineker has waded into the row over Brexit and called for a second referendum.
The BBC presenter accused Theresa May of being “unable to resolve” the “mess” the UK is in as it prepares to exit the EU.
And he backed campaigners who have demanded millions of Brits get a say on the final deal.
The 57-year-old ex-footballer said: “I spent most of the last few weeks totally focused on a fantastic World Cup. But it was impossible to avoid what was happening in the Brexit debate back home.
“Now I’m back I find the whole thing more bewildering and worrying than ever. Whether you voted Leave or Remain, did anyone really vote for the mess we seem to be in, let alone the prospect of no deal with all the terrible consequences attached to that.
“There are some things in life that, even for someone like me, are more important than football. This is one of them.
“I am not a politician but I know when something is going wrong and right now Brexit feels like it is going very wrong indeed.
“The politicians seem unable to resolve the problem the people gave them in voting to Leave. That is why I think there should be a People’s Vote on the final deal, and why I am sending best wishes and good luck to the campaigners who will be stepping up the pressure over the summer.”
Meanwhile, Theresa May today insisted the British public should take “comfort” from the fact the government is stockpiling blood and food in preparation for a no deal Brexit.
The Prime Minister said her government was doing the “responsible” and “sensible” thing and not trying to alarm people.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs his department is working with industry “for the potential need for stockpiling in the event of a no-deal Brexit”.
He added: “This includes the chain of medical supplies, vaccines, medical devices, clinical consumables, blood products.”
And Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has said he is working to “make sure that there’s adequate food supplies” should the UK depart the EU without a deal.
Mrs May’s comments came as a new poll suggested trust in her ability to handle Brexit is falling.
A Guardian/ICM poll found she had an eight-point lead over Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over who could be trusted to negotiate a good Brexit deal, down from 16 points in January and 34 points before the 2017 general election.
Separately, a Tory MEP said British people undermining the country through “extreme EU loyalty” should be tried for treason.
David Campbell Bannerman has been accused of “putting the knife into free speech” after demanding the revival of an archaic law to prosecute strong allegiance to the EU.
He tweeted: “It is about time we brought the Treason Act up to date and made it apply to those seeking to destroy or undermine the British state.”
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