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UK PM to tell lawmakers that 2nd Brexit referendum would undermine politics

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  • Mon, 12/17/2018 - 14:31
UK PM to tell lawmakers that 2nd Brexit referendum would undermine politics
  • EFE

The prime minister of the United Kingdom is to dismiss the possibility of a second referendum when she addresses Parliament on Monday amid growing demands for a people's vote as the best way to break the political deadlock that Brexit has caused, according to remarks released to EFE by No. 10 Downing Street ahead of the statement.

Theresa May, who survived a confidence vote launched by Conservative Party backbenchers and solicited last-ditch modifications to the Brexit agreement struck with the European Union, is to say that a new referendum would only serve to divide the UK more and cause a deeper distrust in politics.

"Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum," the statement said. "Another vote 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." 

Members of May's cabinet have said that it was worth considering different options on how to break out of the political deadlock which has paralyzed the UK's lower chamber.

The British political landscape has been in turmoil since May suddenly called off a vote on her government's plan last week when it became evident it would be defeated. Then, she was forced to repel a leadership challenge from disaffected lawmakers in her own party.

Over the weekend, reports began to emerge that senior members of her party were hatching plans for another referendum in the hope of breaking the political logjam, especially after May failed to secure new guarantees from Brussels that would quell the rebellion in her party.

According to Downing St, May is to tell lawmakers in the House of Commons that another vote "would further divide our country at the very moment we should be working to unite it." 

UK PM announces Brexit deal to be voted on in 3rd week of January. The prime minister of the United Kingdom on Monday told lawmakers that a final vote on the final agreement regarding the country's withdrawal from the European Union would take place in the third week of January.

Theresa May said in the House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament, that debate on the issue would resume on the week of Jan. 7 and the final vote would be taken the following week (it had originally been scheduled for last Tuesday but was abruptly canceled the day before).

Several cabinet ministers have been pressuring May to hold non-binding votes in Parliament so that lawmakers can judge the available Brexit options individually.

Over the weekend, reports began to emerge that senior members of the Conservative Party were hatching plans for another referendum in the hope of breaking the political logjam, especially after May failed to secure new guarantees from Brussels that would quell the intra-party rebellion.

May's announcement last week that she was postponing the so-called "meaningful" vote was met with a vote of no confidence brought forth by Tory backbenchers, although the PM survived the leadership challenge by a 2-to-1 margin. 

Source-EFE

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