Fresh Brexit vote ‘could be held within 6 months’
LONDON: A fresh Brexit referendum could be held by the end of May and allow Britain’s exit to be sewn up by the summer, Justine Greening has said.
In a message to warring MPS, the ex-cabinet minister said Theresa May’s Brexit deal was a “threat to the Conservative Party’s very future” and a public vote was the only way to break the impasse in parliament.
The prime minister has repeatedly dismissed calls for a second referendum, as she argued that it could not be held BEFORE THE OFICIAL Exit DAY on MARCH 29.
But Greening said a referendum could easily be held within six months, which would result in a short delay to the Brexit process to allow the government to enact the result of the new vote.
Speaking at an event in London, the pro-eu MP said: “We can have the work done in just a few months. I’ve worked out that you could plan AND Hold A referendum In 22 weeks.
“My calculations show that we could get through the work of passing legislation, we could get through the work of the Electoral Commission working out the right question... we could do that In 22 weeks.
“We could actually, after this vote on Dec.11, hold a referendum, potentially, on May 30 next year.
“We could, alongside that, choose to extend Article 50, I’ve suggested, By Four months to July 29.”
The EU has been clear that “if Britain needs a few more months to resolve the route forward, we would be able to have that,” she said.