New Brexit ref­er­en­dum ‘by end of may’

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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.

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