Former Rolls-Royce chairman Sir Simon Robertson dismissed as nonsense the argument voters should not be asked a second time to express their opinion on Brexit.
He told the Observer: "I think it is complete balderdash to say the people have spoken, therefore you can't go back.
“The people can speak again - why can't we have another vote on it?”
The Conservative Party supporter defended the “brilliant” deal the UK struck with Brussels 40 years ago, arguing it granted access to the single market while it maintained the country outside the EU’s visa-free travel area known as Schengen.
He said: “We had a brilliant deal with Europe.
“We had an opt-out on ever-closer union, we weren’t in the single currency and we were not in Schengen.
“We had a perfect arrangement.
“We are now going to end up with one where, at the end of things, we won’t have a final say.
Sir Simon Robertson asked the government to hold a second Brexit referendum (Image: GETTY)
“I’m not saying for a moment that it solves the underlying problem – which is the fact that some people have felt left behind.
“I think that in many ways, they have.”
Sir Simon also lashed out at the tone of the debate about leaving the European