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UK PM to warn against ‘damage’ of second Brexit vote

LONDON, Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday warn MPs against supporting a second referendum, saying it would do irreparable damage to British politics.

Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another

referendum, she is expected to tell parliament, according to extracts from

her speech released by Downing Street.

Anther vote would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our

politics, she will say, adding that a second vote would likely leave us no

further forward.

She will warn that another referendum would also further divide our

country at the very moment we should be working to unite it.

Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum in 2016 and is

set to leave on March 29 next year, although May is struggling to get

parliament to accept a divorce agreement she struck last month.

May has faced calls for a second referendum to resolve the impasse but has

argued that this would betray the 2016 result and undermine public confidence

in politics.

Campaigners for a referendum said May's comments on Monday showed that the

idea is being taken seriously.

A new public vote would be different from the referendum in 2016 because

we now know more about what Brexit means, said Margaret Beckett, an MP from

the main opposition Labour Party and People's Vote supporter.

Any effort to force Brexit over the line without checking that it has the

continued consent of the British people will only reinforce divisions, she

said.

Dozens of MPs from all the main parties also support a second referendum,

as do former prime ministers John Major and Tony Blair.

There have also been reports that government officials are considering

giving the public a vote.

May has delayed a crucial vote by MPs on the draft Brexit deal until next

month, leaving the political scene in limbo.

If parliament fails to approve the text, Britain will crash out of the

European Union regardless a prospect that experts warn could lead to

serious trade disruption and trigger a financial crisis.

But former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner,

said anyone considering a second referendum was out of their minds.

A second referendum would provoke instant, deep and ineradicable feelings

of betrayal, he wrote on Monday in his weekly column in the Daily Telegraph.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)