UK PM to warn against 'damage' of second Brexit vote

Saul Bowman
December 18, 2018

The former Labour leader said he was within his rights to offer advice when the country was "in crisis" over "the most important decision our country has taken since the end of World War Two".

As members of her Cabinet break ranks with competing plans on how to deal with the political deadlock, May will claim to MPs in the House of Commons that a second referendum would undermine faith in United Kingdom politics.

"We are here to act on the will of the people clearly expressed in the referendum", said Hinds.

And she added that there were too many people trying to "subvert" Britain's withdrawal from the European Union for their "own political interests" rather than those of the nation.

"We urge everyone - our political leaders and all of us - to bring magnanimity, respect and reconciliation to our national debate", the bishops said.

Mr Blair said he was speaking out in the interests of democracy - and denied his call for a second referendum was an "insult to the office he once held".

May will say: "Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum".

'Parliament has a democratic duty to deliver what the British people voted for'.

Some of his cabinet colleagues have been pushing for "indicative votes" to gauge support for different ways forward.

Close allies of UK Prime Minister Theresa May from the Conservative Party are preparing a second Brexit referendum behind her back, Trend reports citing Sputnik.

De facto deputy prime minister David Lidington was also said to have made back-channel connections with Remain-supporting Labour MPs to form a cross-party "coalition of the willing" to force the rerun.

"For Tony Blair to go to Brussels and seek to undermine our negotiations by advocating for a second referendum is an insult to the office he once held and the people he once served".

Only around ten Tory MPs have publicly stated their support for a second vote, but I'm told that a sizeable group of Europhile ministers and MPs are waiting in the wings to see if it emerges as the most likely option and would, with various degrees of reluctance, eventually give it their backing. Parliament was supposed to vote on the deal this week, but May postponed it after it became clear that lawmakers would decisively reject it. Anger at the postponement triggered a no-confidence vote in May's own Conservative Party.

Last week, May cancelled the House of Commons vote on the Brexit deal, which has now been tabled for January 14th.

But education secretary Damien Hinds told Sky News on Sunday morning that Cabinet had not discussed a second referendum.

They include former leader Tony Blair, a long-time critic of Corbyn and a hugely divisive figure for Labour voters.

But it is hard for a prime minister with limited support in her party, to argue against giving parliament the final say.

Mrs May had hoped for movement from the European Union at the summit that might have made her Brexit deal more acceptable to British MPs.

Theresa May is talking about a second referendum today; she will tell MPs that it would do "irreparable damage" to our democracy.

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