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UK PM Says No to 2nd Brexit Vote

May says it would be 'gross betrayal of democracy'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 3, 2018 3:25 AM CDT
Updated Sep 3, 2018 6:58 AM CDT
Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab, left, and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier prepare to shake hands after a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels...   (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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(Newser) – British PM Theresa May is coming down hard against calls for a second Brexit referendum, even as ex-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson slams her stance—setting up speculation that the two are on a collision course, reports the BBC. May wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that it would be a "gross betrayal of our democracy" to have another vote, adding that "millions came out to have their say" in the June 2016 vote that set Brexit in motion. Her embattled government has faced increasingly strident calls for another vote once the terms of Britain's future relations with the EU are known, the AP reports.

In a competing piece in the Daily Telegraph on Monday, Johnson wrote that May's so-called Chequers plan for continued ties with the European Union after Brexit will leave Britain in a weakened position. He said that May is giving EU leaders a "victory" without even trying to forge a Brexit plan that would strengthen Britain's hand after it leaves the EU in March, reports the AP. He said that Britain has "gone into battle with the white flag fluttering over our leading tank." The prime minister used her column to defend her Chequers proposal, and said she won't be pushed around by EU negotiators. (President Trump has advised May to sue the EU instead of negotiating.)

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