Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy has said one of her “biggest regrets” as an MP is her 2015 abstention on whether to hold an EU referendum as she should have voted against the bill that paved the way for Brexit.
Along with almost all Labour MPs, Nandy chose not to vote five years ago on the European Union Referendum Act, which she said put the British public in “an impossible position” for the subsequent vote.
Appearing on ITV’s Acting Prime Minister podcast, the Labour MP also said she felt there was “absolutely no reason” for which Boris Johnson could not reach an agreement with the EU before the end of this year.
On the 2015 vote on a referendum, the MP for Wigan said: “The big mistake I think I made, to be honest, was voting for that referendum without any kind of safeguard or guarantees in the first place.
“I didn’t actually vote for it because I didn’t agree with it, but I should have voted against it.”