Can Brexit be avoided?
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.