Ex-Prime Minister, John Major, has said that there is a “perfectly credible” case for a second Brexit referendum and that the people who voted to remain in Europe should not be subject to the “tyranny of the majority”.

48% of people voted to remain in the European Union and, according to John Major, their views should be heard. He accepted that whilst the UK would not remain a full member of the European Union, it was in the best interest of the country to retain close ties with the other 27 members of the EU and the single market.

“I hear the argument that the 48% of people who voted to stay should have no say in what happens. I find that very difficult to accept. The tyranny of the majority has never applied in a democracy and it should not apply in this particular democracy.”

In a speech and Q&A session to mark the 100th anniversary of David Lloyd George becoming prime minister, John Major took the opportunity to hail the single market as “the richest market mankind has ever seen”. It was first intervention in the Brexit debate since the 23 June vote and follows comments made recently by Tony Blair in an interview with the New Statesman in which he said that it was a possibility that Brexit could be stopped if Britons decided that.