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A Tory peer sparked outrage after telling voters that backing Brexit “overrules your own MPs”.
Pensions Minister Baroness Ros Altman said most MPs supported remaining in the EU, signalling the public should follow their lead.
She tweeted: “Majority of MPs in all 3 parties want to stay in EU. They’re your democratically elected leaders.
“Voting Brexit overrules your own MPs.”
Critics blasted her intervention as anti-democratic as the countdown to June 23 hots up.
As the storm of protest intensified, the unelected peer issued a grovelling apology, insisting: “Just want to apologise if my tweet on MPs came over badly.
Of course MPs there to serve the people. That’s what democracy all about.”
She added: “Apology is genuine and I did not mean to offend. I certainly don’t believe people must all follow their MPs.”
Meanwhile, Europe’s most powerful finance minister warned Britain would not be allowed access to the single market if voters chose to leave the EU.
Germany’s Wolfgang Schauble told Der Spiegel magazine: “That won’t work.
“It would require the country to abide by the rules of a club from which it currently wants to withdraw.
“If the majority in Britain opts for Brexit , that would be a decision against the single market.
“In is in. Out is out. One has to respect the sovereignty of the British people.”