Second referendum would be ‘politicians vote’, says UK PM

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London, Oct 3 (IANS) British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of a second Brexit referendum, saying the second referendum would be a “politicians’ vote”.

“Politicians telling people they got it wrong the first time and should try again.. think for a moment what it would do to faith in our democracy,” she said, referring to the “latest plan of holding a second referendum” which was called “People’s Vote”.

“There are plenty of prominent people in British politics who want to stop Brexit in its tracks,” she warned while speaking at the annual Conservative Party Conference.

She defended the Brexit plan proposed by her but rejected by the European Union, saying it is for a free trade deal that provides for frictionless trade in goods, Xinhua news agency reported.

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“It would protect hundreds of thousands of jobs in the just-in-time supply chains our manufacturing firms rely on,” the Prime Minister said.

Britain “isn’t afraid” to leave the EU with no deal, she said, adding that “resilience and ingenuity” of people will see Britain through.

“Pursuing our own visions of the perfect Brexit could lead to no Brexit at all, May said, adding that she believed “our best days lie ahead of us”.

Earlier in the day, Conservative Member of Parliament James Duddridge submitted a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister.

He said he made the move because of the Prime Minister’s refusal to “rip up Chequers” and due to former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s “inspirational” speech on Tuesday at the conference.

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Johnson, an open critic of May’s Brexit plan, launched a fresh attack against the Chequers plan for trade with the EU at the conference. He described it as a “cheat” that could lead to a boost for the far-right.

–IANS

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