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Controversy in UK over a second Brexit referendum, proposed by ex PMs Tony Blair and John Major

Monday, December 17th 2018 - 08:26 UTC
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Blair said that while he admired Mrs. May's determination to get her deal through, with so many MPs opposed, it was “literally no point in carrying on digging.” Blair said that while he admired Mrs. May's determination to get her deal through, with so many MPs opposed, it was “literally no point in carrying on digging.”
Ex foreign secretary Boris Johnson said a second referendum would “provoke instant, deep and ineradicable feelings of betrayal” Ex foreign secretary Boris Johnson said a second referendum would “provoke instant, deep and ineradicable feelings of betrayal”

Holding another referendum on the EU would “break faith with the British people”, Theresa May will warn MPs. Former PMs John Major and Tony Blair are among those urging a new referendum if MPs cannot agree on a way forward. But the prime minister will argue that it would do “irreparable damage to the integrity our politics” and would “likely leave us no further forward”.

Last week she called off a Commons vote on her Brexit deal, admitting it was likely to be heavily rejected.

Mr Blair said last week that while he admired Mrs. May's determination to get her deal through, with so many MPs opposed to it there was “literally no point in carrying on digging.”

He said after 30 months of negotiations and with the government in “a mess ”giving the final say to the people would become the “logical” outcome if every other option were to be exhausted.

But Mrs May will tell MPs on Monday: “Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum.

”Another vote which would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics, because it would say to millions who trusted in democracy, that our democracy does not deliver.

“Another vote which would likely leave us no further forward than the last.

”And another vote which would further divide our country at the very moment we should be working to unite it.“

On Sunday she said Mr. Blair backing for another referendum was ”an insult to the office he once held“ and risked undermining Brexit negotiations.

Meanwhile, writing in the his Daily Telegraph column, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said a second referendum would ”provoke instant, deep and ineradicable feelings of betrayal“. The Brexiteer said the idea a fresh poll would be held was ”sickening“.

The prime minister is due to update MPs on last week's European Council summit, where she made an appeal to EU leaders to help get the deal ”over the line.“

She went to Brussels at the end of a week in which she delayed the Commons vote on her Brexit deal, having been warned it would be rejected by a significant margin, and then went on to survive a vote of no confidence in her leadership by Conservative MPs by 200 votes to 117.

She had been seeking legal assurances over the controversial ”backstop“ plan to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, if no trade deal is reached. But EU leaders told her the negotiated withdrawal agreement was ”an open renegotiation“, although some clarification was possible.

Mrs May said on Friday that her talks with EU leaders had shown that ”further clarification and discussion“ was possible and that the UK would be ”working expeditiously over the coming days to seek those further assurances I believe MPs will need.“

But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said her deal was now ”dead in the water“ and the prime minister had ”utterly failed in her attempts to deliver any meaningful changes.”

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  • Patrick Edgar

    The Funny part is that as always, the British feel everyone else's lives and countries, is UP TO THEIR OWN WILL PLANS AND WISHES . Zero respect for the world. Why change a perfect solid record of always pushing for whatever the h*** they want, when we have all gotten accustomed to what they want all that wealth and armament for. It ain't to repair the bl***y mess they made of Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia ... that's for sure ! And it aint to do what is right and return the land they took from others either. The nerve to be acting all tough about Gibraltar yet continue to solicit the honor of Europe, no different to the nerve of wanting to manipulate and insert itself in the Southern Cone while it continues to insult Argentina and its right to a diplomatic solution about the Malvinas, moreover installs a Military base aiming at our country pretending to share our Antarctic territory which we have won and earned with our own efforts ! Britain thinks that with a type written letter and an aiming gun it can have what it wants, but fails to realize they have taken enough and that this world belongs to all of its 7 billion people, and not just to those few who already have more than they need. SUCK IT UP BRITAIN! AND SHOW SOME GENUINE REAL GOOD WILL FOR A CHANGE, devoid of political planning !

    Dec 17th, 2018 - 02:23 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    Excuse me, but “our Antarctic territory” belongs rightfully to Chile.

    Really! The woeful misunderstanding of some individuals perception regarding geography and it's borders are disappointing...

    Dec 17th, 2018 - 03:19 pm 0
  • The Voice

    Parliament asked the people to vote, we did. WE THE PEOPLE decided. Just get on with it… .

    Welcome back Patrick, we havent had a good laugh for ages, keep delivering your jokes.

    Dec 17th, 2018 - 10:42 pm 0
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