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UK Ministers Seek to Downplay Second Brexit Vote


7Dnews London

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:30 GMT

Supporters of British Prime Minister Theresa May dampened suggestions on December 16th that the government is planning a second referendum on whether to leave the European Union, arguing that another Brexit vote would exacerbate divisions in the UK, not heal them.

As reported by AP, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said, "Suppose we had another referendum. Supposing the 'remain' side won it by 52 to 48, but it was on a lower turnout - entirely possible. If there is another referendum, which I do not think there will be, people like me will be immediately demanding it's best of three. Where does that end up?"

The comments come as Britain struggles to find a way forward after days of political drama due to unease with the terms of May's deal to leave the 28-nation bloc. The British Parliament was supposed to vote on May's Brexit plan on December 11th, but she postponed it after it became clear that lawmakers would decisively reject it.

Underscoring the acrimony in the nation over Brexit, May attacked former Prime Minister Tony Blair of the Labour Party in the media. May accused Blair of "undermining" her efforts to deliver Brexit by calling for a second referendum on whether or not to leave. May said his comments were "an insult to the office he once held."