New Brexit referendum ‘by end of may’
A new Brexit referendum could be held by the end of May, Tory former education secretary Justine Greening has insisted.
The push for another EU poll was backed by ex-minister Jo Johnson who said it could have a “healing” effect.
Ms Greening said that if Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal is voted down by the Commons on December 11, organising a new referendum could begin immediately.
She said: “I’ve worked out that you could plan and hold a referendum in 22 weeks. We could actually, after this vote on December 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.”
Ms Greening insisted the necessary legislation could be passed during the time frame and the referendum question could include three options: staying in EU, leaving on terms of Mrs May’s agreement, or leaving with no deal.
The ex-Cabinet minister said voters could list their choice in order of preference, as in mayoral elections.
Ms Greening said voters had to decide on the issue because they were tired of a “Game of Thrones-style” approach to Brexit in Parliament.