Can Brexit be avoided?

The Week (US) - - News 11 -

Some Bri­tish lead­ers, in­clud­ing for­mer Prime Min­is­ter John Ma­jor and Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan, are call­ing for a “peo­ple’s vote”— a se­cond referendum that would be held if Par­lia­ment re­jects the fi­nal Brexit terms. May has ab­so­lutely ruled that out, say­ing it would amount to “politi­cians telling peo­ple they got it wrong the first time and they should try again.” Even if her gov­ern­ment were some­how per­suaded, it’s by no means clear what the out­come of such a vote would be. A YouGov poll found this sum­mer that over­all sup­port for re­main­ing in the EU had climbed to 53 per­cent, with Leave at 47 per­cent. A more re­cent poll found that if given the choice now to stay in the EU or take what­ever deal May strikes, 40 per­cent would vote Re­main, 39 per­cent would vote Leave, and the rest are un­de­cided. Af­ter years of bit­ter ar­gu­ments over the sub­ject, Bri­tons still haven’t reached a work­able con­sen­sus.

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