Justine Greening shows support for second Brexit referendum

Theresa May’s revelation about the president’s Brexit advice will be interpreted by some as revenge for his incendiary interview with The Sun

Conservative lawmaker John Baron said he had remained loyal to May, believing her to be honourable in trying to respect the result of the 2016 referendum when Britons voted to leave the EU.

But Brexiteers criticised the proposal and warned it would "extend the uncertainty" over Britain's divorce from Brussels.

Ms Greening's intervention came as MPs prepared to vote in the House of Commons on Monday evening on a series of amendments meant to wreck the Prime Minister's Chequers plan for a "common". Due to their failure to listen to the public the first time, apparently we must now vote again.

"The Bill is an important part of preparing for the world after Brexit and I would have thought that all colleagues would respect the fact that we need to get those preparations in place whilst having this important negotiation to make sure that our trading arrangement can continue to support prosperity in the future". "There is not going to be a second referendum. under any circumstances", the spokesman told reporters.

Her Chequers Brexit deal seems to be history only days after the ink on its associated white paper has dried: it is hard to see the European Union agreeing to levy the UK's tariffs, as the ERG amendment demands; and absent that implausible agreement from the European Union, there is no longer a credible customs plan that would keep open the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic (or at least not one that the European Union would recognise).

Asked if there was a suggestion that ministers would accept the amendments he said: "No".

The prime minister also said that the taxation (cross border trade) bill, which seeks to allow the United Kingdom to implement its own customs regime after Brexit, and a related trade bill on Tuesday, were "an important part of our no-deal preparations" because both were necessary to prepare the United Kingdom for life as an independent trading nation. I am just saying I think he would be a great prime minister.

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Tory Brexiteer Bernard Jenkin suggested Mrs May's Chequers plan was "dead".

"I'm afraid it is neither beloved by Remainers or Leavers".

Pro-Europeans also dislike May's plan, particular her goal to have looser ties with the European Union for Britain's dominant services sector.

Of course, second referendums are familiar to people across Europe.

May's leadership has been precarious since she unveiled her proposed new Brexit negotiating strategy at her Chequers residence and detailed it in a white paper last week. What I hope is that the European Union should now respond positively to that.

"If, as I expect, that happens and we have a comprehensive deal that can be put before Parliament - and there had been a commitment to have a meaningful vote - what comes with that is the certainty for working people right across the country that will be able to invest with confidence, will be able to create new jobs, that implementation period will be available".



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