Fresh Brexit vote ‘could be held within 6 months’

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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.

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