May to Argue Against 2nd Brexit Vote 12/17 06:11
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Theresa May is set to condemn growing calls
for a second referendum on Britain's departure from the European Union, saying
it would do irreparable damage to trust in democracy.
May's office said she will tell lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday
that staging another referendum "would say to millions who trusted in democracy
that our democracy does not deliver."
She's also expected to argue that such a ballot would exacerbate the
country's divisions rather than heal them.
But a growing number of politicians believe a new referendum may be the only
way to break Britain's impasse over Brexit.
May's government and the EU sealed a divorce deal last month, but May
postponed a parliamentary vote intended to ratify the agreement last week when
it became clear legislators would overwhelmingly reject it.
She tried to win changes from the EU to sweeten the deal for reluctant
lawmakers, but was rebuffed by the bloc at a summit in Brussels.
And May's authority has been shaken after a no-confidence vote from her own
party on Wednesday that saw more than a third of Conservative lawmakers vote
With Britain's departure from the bloc looming on March 29, it remains
unclear whether the country will leave with a deal or crash out with no deal.
Some members of May's Cabinet are urging the government to ramp up planning
for a "no-deal" Brexit --- a chaotic outcome that could see gridlock at U.K.
ports, planes grounded and shortages of essential goods.
Others are seeking to work with opposition politicians to find a way out of
May's supporters distanced themselves from media reports that senior figures
in her government held talks with opposition Labour lawmakers aimed at holding
But some Cabinet members say lawmakers from all parties should be consulted
to find out whether there is majority support for any course of action.
"We can't just have continuing uncertainty and I think Parliament should be
invited to say what it would agree with," Business Secretary Greg Clark told
He said that "I think businesses up and down the country would expect
elected members to take responsibility, rather than just be critics."