May Says No To Request For Second Brexit Referendum
There will be zero chance for a second Brexit referendum, a spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Monday in response to a former minister’s request for a second vote on the matter.
“The British public have voted to leave the European Union. There is not going to be a second referendum … under any circumstances,” the spokesperson told reporters, according to Reuters.
Former U.K. Education Secretary Justine Greening called for a second referendum on Monday regarding whether Britain should remain in or opt out of the European Union, because she believes May’s leadership in breaking with the EU is the “worst of both worlds,” she wrote in The Times, not making those of either side of the referendum results happy. “It’s not what they want, and on top of that when they hear that Leave voters are unhappy, they ask, ‘What’s the point?’. For Leavers, this deal simply does not deliver the proper break from the European Union that they wanted,” Greening wrote, reported Reuters. (RELATED: Trump Rips On Theresa May’s Brexit Plan, Would ‘Probably Kill’ A Trade Deal With US)
Greening argues in her piece for The Times that May’s plan for a “no-deal” break with the EU — where Great Britain will still comply with many EU rules, but won’t be in position to craft them — isn’t making either pro-Brexit or Remain voters — those who voted to remain in the EU — happy, according to Reuters.
May’s friendly negotiating strategy for Britain’s official opting out of the EU — pending March 2019 — is causing controversy and fraction among those in the Conservative Party. Two senior members of Parliament have already resigned since May introduced her plan. One member was Boris Johnson, who former confidant of President Donald Trump Steve Bannon thinks should challenge May for prime minister, reported The Daily Telegraph on Saturday.
“We are now in the ludicrous position of asserting that we must accept huge amounts of precisely such EU law, without changing an iota, because it is essential for our economic health — and when we no longer have any ability to influence these laws as they are made,” Johnson said criticizing May’s strategy in his resignation letter, according to CNN.
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