The Virgin owner claimed the new vote should be “based on real facts”, insisting the June 23 referendum was based entirely on a “complete false premise”.
“If a ‘hard’ Brexit happens it would be pretty devastating and it would be the biggest sort of shot in the foot that the British people have every done to themselves,” he said.
“I hope that sense will prevail and that when all the facts are known and are on the table, I would hope that a second referendum could take place based on real facts and not on the facts that people were given.
Richard Branson called for a second Brexit referendum to be held
I would hope that a second Brexit referendum could take place based on real facts
“I just pray and hope that when all the facts are there, then the British people can have the decision to decide because it was a complete false premise that a referendum was brought on in the first place.”
In previous statements, the Prime Minister claimed she intends to entirely sever ties with the European project – leaving the single market and customs union – in order to regain control over the UK’s borders.
Despite reservations from Mr Branson and other high-profile pro-European political figures – such as Tony Blair and John Major – Britons have seemingly sided with the Government’s decision for the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
Pollsters NatCen interviewed 2,322 people last month on how they felt Britain’s potential European destination.
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They found 68 per cent of voters are clear they want free movement to end, showing the issue of control is crucial in people’s Brexit opinion. Even a majority of Remain voters (58 per cent) say potential migrants from the EU should be treated in the same way as non-EU migrants.
The poll also suggested 88 per cent of voters wanted to maintain free trade with our European partners, something EU leaders have suggested would not be possible if freedom of movement was no longer accepted.
Brexit: Results of how the UK voted Mon, March 20, 2017
Much of the North East of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union including Sunderland, Gateshead, Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside, and Northumberland
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GREAT YARMOUTH: The town of Great Yarmouth on the East Coast of England voted by 72% to leave the European Union.
However, the Prime Minister was handed a boost in her negotiating hand after Dutch MPs urged the bloc to seal a unique and far-reaching trade deal with Britain.
The Influential Advisory Council on International Affairs said only an ambitious and bespoke pact with the UK will suffice.
It advocated a “CETA plus” model for future relations, which would incorporate large parts of the trade deal Brussels recently signed with Canada plus extra special clauses to ensure deeper ties with Britain.