A TORY minister faced fury tonight after he claimed Brexit was a “tantrum” by working-class voters who were angry about immigration.
Sir Alan Duncan said the vote to quit the EU was a result of “artificial anger” – and suggested the referendum should have been declared invalid because not enough people took part.
Tonight opposition parties called for Sir Alan to resign from his job as a minister under Boris Johnson in the Foreign Office.
The MP’s inflammatory comments came as he was speaking at a conference in Chicago with US business leaders, according to the Guardian.
Asked why working-class voters in rural areas supported Brexit, Sir Alan said: “You could feel in the last 10 days of the campaign, traditional blue-collar urban Labour opinion going viral for leave.
“They were stirred up by an image of immigration, which made them angry and throw a bit of a tantrum.”
He said that voters’ concerns about migrants squeezing Brits out of the job market were “rather artificial” because “they would not do the jobs themselves”.
And he also said he wished there had been a threshold for minimum turnout which could have made the referendum result last year invalid.
New Ukip leader Henry Bolton slammed Sir Alan’s comments and said the minister should be sacked.
He said: “How can a man who is meant to represent the UK in Europe feel that way about the majority of the people in the UK?
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“The contempt that he shows towards the 17million is a disgrace, but is symptomatic of a political elite who despise the ordinary people of our country and their hopes and aspirations.
“The Prime Minister cannot just sit back and allow this. Her authority and credibility already are already in question and the words of her minister will undermine her even further if she doesn’t act.”