She has joined remainers including Tim Farron, Nick Clegg and Tony Blair who have been consistently slapped down when calling for a second vote, claiming British people and politicians didn’t really know what leaving would “be about”.
Ms Barley said: “When the referendum was held, nobody really knew what it would be about – not the British people, not even the political class.
Katarina Barley called for a second referendum
The EU has taken a tough stance on Brexit Britain
When the referendum was held, nobody really knew what it would be about – not the British people, not even the political class
“A lot of people wrongfully thought that Britain could get a deal like Switzerland or Norway without the inconveniences, without accepting the rulings of the European Court of Justice, without free movement of labour.
“Now they know that this isn’t the case and they should be asked to vote again on this.”
The 48-year-old, whose father is British, said she discussed the idea of a second referendum with “a lot of politicians, both Brexiteers and Remainers” and believes people are changing their minds because “nobody really has an idea, not Theresa May, not Boris Johnson – how all of this should work out”.
Brexit Negotiations: Britain's sternest enemies
Tue, April 4, 2017
According to a new index, the EU27 countries fall into three groups: hard-core, hard and soft. These are the countries with the highest scores which indicate a fairly strong opposition to Britain’s position
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France has the highest score in the index at 32.5
Theresa May triggered Article 50 at the end of March
Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 at the end of last month, ending Britain’s 44-membership of the Brussels club.
Mrs May has proposed simultaneous divorce and trade deal talks to stop Britain falling out of the EU without an agreement after two years.
Yet EU bigwigs – including Donald Tusk and Angela Merkel – have advocated a move towards settling Britain’s divorce from the bloc before trade talks on any new deal can begin.
Katarina Barley's father is British
Ms Barley told Politico: “The intention of the May government is to say ‘either we get a very good deal or its the fault of the European Union because they want to punish us’.
“Which first of all, isn’t true. The EU and member states were always completely clear about what Brexit would mean.
“The only ones who weren’t clear about it were Tories.”