UK Prime Minister Theresa May has once again rejected the idea of a second referendum, arguing that her agreement to keep close economic ties with the EU after Brexit is the only one on offer.
“Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum,” Mrs May said, stating that such a referendum would only deepen rifts and betray voters who backed Brexit by 52 per cent to 48 per cent in 2016.
Mrs May said parliament would debate the deal in January, before a vote in the week beginning 14th January – more than a month after the 11th December vote was postponed. But with just over 100 days until Britain is due to leave the bloc, she was accused of trying to force a divided parliament into backing her deal by running the clock down to exit day.
A mid-January vote could force lawmakers to decide between her deal or leaving without one, which many businesses have come to think of as a worst-case scenario, and a catastrophe for the world’s fifth-largest economy.
The political and economic uncertainty over Brexit is having an impact in the UK. Data on Monday showed a drop in consumer spending, falling house prices and growing pessimism in household finances.