What should happen on 24 June if we have voted to leave?

Speech by Lord Owen to the Scottish Parliament Lobby Journalists’ lunch, Tuesday 7 June 2016

Lord Owen discusses what might have to happen constitutionally in the event of a ‘Leave’ vote.

“I have no hesitation in saying that it is the duty of the Prime Minister to remain in office on 24 June 2016 and stay at least until a settled framework for the transition negotiations are up and running and the country set on a new course. David Cameron has told the country that he will implement their decision. … The last thing the country needs is an immediate Conservative leadership election this summer.”

Lord Owen also considers the implications for the parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“New powers are going to be acquired by all these parliaments, not least over agriculture and fishery policy. These powers would be automatically devolved, and create a powerhouse Scottish Parliament. People may be surprised by how much is devolved.”


“There is a growing sense of hope and enthusiasm within the country ignited by Vote Leave. There is an insurgency movement out in the country challenging the old parties. We in Vote Leave are capturing on a cross-party basis those feelings and the people sense that there is huge potential for the UK when we restore full democratic control. It is wholly consistent with this mood that we should start simultaneously structured conversations across party divisions to improve the quality of our democracy.”