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‘The right thing to do’ Peston says Brexit voters were ‘on the right side of history’

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ROBERT PESTON has claimed that Brexit voters were “on the right side of history” and the referendum was a “massive wake-up call” to politicians. The ITV political editor said that despite voting to stay in the EU referendum in 2016, that voting

Brexit was the “right thing to do”. Speaking to Iain Dale on LBC about his new book, Peston said the Brexit result was “shameful” for him, as he felt “out of touch” with the British public. He said: “It was shameful for me, I went to a comprehensive

school. I have always prided myself of being unlike the posh boys that went to Eton and Westminster. “I came from a fairly privileged background in the sense that my dad was middle class but he came from a working-class Jewish background from the

East End. “But I went to a school where, at the time I went, almost nobody had been to university, let alone Oxford or Cambridge and I just, in this rather just very complacent and arrogant way thought that I was more in touch with British people

and I wasn’t. “It wasn’t just me, but my entire circle were out of touch with millions of British people and I just felt ashamed and I thought I have just got to do something to get back into this country.” Peston said that the decision to vote to

leave the European Union was a “massive wake up call” for politicians in the UK. He said: “I am not saying, because I don’t think any of us can say this at the moment, that Brexit is going to turn out to be this wonderful thing. “What I do think, however,

is this was the only opportunity, millions of people were ever going to have to say to the people who run this place, ‘you’re not listening to us’. It was a massive wake up call to everybody. “That is why I say they were on the right side of history because

millions of people, who voted, actually hadn’t voted for years, some of them never, because they just felt that politicians were that out of touch. “I basically take my hat off to [Brexit voters] because they have thrown all the cards up in the air, they don’t

know yet how they’re going to land, but it was the right thing to do.” The UK Government is currently negotiating its divorce from the European Union, after Britain made the historic decision to leave the Brussels club in 2016. Despite the Prime Minister insisting the UK will seek a future close partnership with the European Union after Brexit, Conservative MP Steve Baker said Britain’s negotiators would not give away its hand to Barnier or Tusk. The comments come after Parliament voted to release papers on the impacts of Brexit to UK industries. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Mr Baker told the House of Commons: “A future partnership between the UK and the EU is in the interest of both sides and I am confident that we will secure a good deal. “A responsible government should prepare for all potential outcomes and we are undertaking work across a range of scenarios. We will share as much information as possible but we will not walk into this negotiation risking our negotiating position. “I’d just like to reassure the House that President Tusk has said ‘we are all working actively on a deal’. Michel Barnier has said we want to build an ambitious and lasting partnership with the United Kingdom.”