The former Labour leader claimed a second Brexit referendum is likely to be the only process by which you “reunite Britain” resolve the deadlock in Parliament. Speaking on CNBC, Mr Brown said: “I think you have got to think about – what is the process by which you reunite Britain? And by which you solve what seems to be a problem where Parliament is deadlocked and is unable to solve the problem it has itself created. You have got to then ask, what would it take to find a solution to this over a period of time? My feeling is that what was missing after the referendum result was a period of nationwide consultation.
“So, there were issues raised by the referendum – immigration, issues of sovereignty, issues about the state of manufacturing.
“But a wider consultation than simply a narrow parliamentary debate would have given us a sense of what could be done to solve these problems about, perhaps, the options of there being discussed at the moment are too constitutional or too technical and don’t actually get to the heart of the problems that people are addressing.
“So, I think, at some stage, as I have said before, there will be another referendum.
“I cannot say when it will be and I would not like to predict it would be in the next few weeks, but I think at some stage you will have to resolve this issue and finally come to a conclusion about the details and not just the principle of Britain’s relationship with Europe.”
The comments come as Prime MinisterTheresa Mayscrambles to gain support for her controversial Brexit deal ahead of the vote on Tuesday.
If the Prime Minister manages to get a narrow defeat in Tuesday’s vote, it would spur her on to go back to the EU and persuade officials to re-open negotiations in hope of making enough concessions to push the deal over the line.
However, if Mrs May suffers a heavy defeat she will have no choice but to consider her position.
A heavy defeat would mean Prime Minister has the option to delay Brexit and extend the Article 50 process in hope of accommodating the fall out of Parliament’s division.
Mrs May could also, if she loses the deal by a large margin, resign on Wednesday morning but not call a general election, handing over the Brexit reigns to a new Tory leader.
Or she might surrender to the People’s Vote and call a second referendum.
However, Remainer hopes for a second referendum could be thwarted as experts warn it would take 22 weeks to hold, which is beyond a deadline set out by an EU ambassador.
EU ambassador to the US, David O’Sullivan, has revealed that the EU leadership want Brexit sorted once and for all before the end of May when Europe votes for its MEPs.
This could plunge Britain into chaos, as the EU signals that Article 50 would only be extended for less than two months.
David O’Sullivan told Fox Business: “So far we have agreed that the UK will leave at the end of March.
“They may delay it, that is a possibility. You would need unanimous agreement among the EU27 as well as the UK to decide that.
“It is clear that the looming EU elections across all of Europe is a date people have in mind.
“It would be a bit strange for the UK to participate in those elections and then leave a few months or weeks later.
“It is an element in how long any delay could be. The EU and UK would want to avoid that possibility.
“It would not be satisfactory for people to vote in an organisation that you are going to be leaving.”