Cabinet Minister, Amber Rudd, has worried Brexiteers with her latest interview on ITV’s Peston.
The British people voted to leave the European Union two and a half years ago, yet MPs are now suggesting a second vote if Parliament fails to decide a course of action if May’s deal is rejected.
Conservative MP, Amber Rudd has broke silence and spoken out on her second referendum views, telling Peston that she would be open to the idea of it if no consensus in Parliament could be reached.
It’s extremely concerning to hear that a senior Conservative MP, with close links to the Prime Minister, is so symptomatic to a second vote.
Ms Rudd told ITV’s Peston: “I don’t want a people’s vote, or a referendum in general.
“But if parliament absolutely failed to reach a consensus I could see there would be a plausible argument for it.”
Parliament is set to reject the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal next month leaving no clear path ahead to take apart from a no deal Brexit.
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Rudd added: “Parliament has to reach a majority on how it’s going to leave the European Union.
“If it fails to do so, then I can see the argument for taking it back to the people again, much as it would distress many of my colleagues.”
With regards to a second vote, the Prime Minister said: “Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum.
“Another vote which would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics, because it would say to millions who trusted in democracy, that our democracy does not deliver.”
If a second vote was to happen, it would have to delay the UK leaving on the 29th of March next year as legislation and paperwork could not be completed fast enough to hold a second vote before then.