Lord Heseltine has admitted he and fellow Remain supporters have lost the battle following Boris Johnson’s general election victory yesterday and is to give-up fighting on.
The former Conservative deputy prime minister had been urging voters to back the Liberal Democrats, or independent candidates who had been expelled from the Tories by Mr Johnson, prior to Thursday’s ballot.
The peer said on Sky News today: “They didn’t listen because they wanted to get out of the austerity and they saw Brexit as a route to do that.
“We’ve lost, we have to face up to that, we’re going to leave Europe.”
Lord Heseltine was dealt with by Boris when he had the Tory whip withdrawn earlier this year for saying he would “experiment” with voting for the Lib Dems during the European Parliament elections.
The ex-cabinet minister was an avid supporter of the People’s Vote campaign for a second EU referendum.
Now he’s given up.