Boris Johnson urged Remain MPs to accept the Brexit result
Arriving at a meeting of EU ministers in Brussels, the foreign secretary said British voters had “very, very clearly expressed” their desire to leave the bloc.
And he dismissed calls by europhiles like Nick Clegg and Tim Farron, who are angling for MPs to be given the opportunity to vote down any Brexit deal the Government seals with Brussels.
Instead, Mr Johnson insisted that Theresa May and her team would make a “great success” of leaving the EU and urged politicians of other parties to row in behind the cause.
He described the vote to quit the bloc as a "convincing majority" and pointed out to Remain MPs that they had approved the terms under which the referendum was held.
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Mr Johnson told reporters: “The Commons has had abundant votes. There was a vote last week, there will be a further vote this week on the triggering of Article 50.
“I’m sure nobody will wish to frustrate the will of the people which has been very, very clearly expressed."
He then pointedly added: “The Commons voted six to one to pass this question to the British people.
“The people voted by a convincing majority to leave the EU and that’s what we’re going to put into place and it’s going to be a great success.”
I’m sure nobody will wish to frustrate the will of the people which has been very, very clearly expressed
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The foreign secretary was responding to calls from europhile MPs who want to amend the Article 50 legislation – which formally triggers divorce talks with Brussels – to add a number of “wrecking” clauses.
One of those being mooted is a requirement for parliament to get a vote on the terms of the deal Mrs May strikes with the EU well in advance of Britain’s leaving date, so it can reject it out of hand.
Remoaner MPs would then be in a position to force the Government’s hand over issues such as free movement and the single market, with the clock running down on the two-year window provided for divorce talks.
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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends his first EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels to discuss the issues in Turkey, Syria, and the Middle East.
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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson addresses the press after a meeting with the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault at Quai d'Orsay on July 28, 2016 in Paris, France
Last week parliament voted overwhelmingly to approve the triggering of Article 50 despite protests from Labour, Lib Dem and SNP MPs, who voted against the referendum result alongside sole Tory rebel Ken Clarke.
The Government then produced a white paper on its plan for the negotiations with Brussels which will be voted on by MPs next week, with Labour and the Scottish nationalist planning to propose significant amendments.
But it is believed that Mrs May will stand firm and refuse to cave into any of the proposed changes, which are seen by eurosceptics as a ploy to attempt to water down Brexit.