UK's former Brexit campaign boss says no desire for a re-run of the EU referendum

From Reuters - January 12, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) - British voters do not want a re-run of the referendum on European Union membership and any hint of another vote undermines the governments Brexit negotiations, the former CEO of Britains main Leave campaign told Reuters.

Two of Britains most prominent Brexit campaigners have endorsed a re-run of the referendum as a way to stop EU supporters from trying to water down or even halt Brexit.

In the United Kingdoms 2016 referendum, 51.9 percent, or 17.4 million people, voted to leave the EU while 48.1 percent, or 16.1 million people, voted to stay.

There is no desire from the public for a second EU referendum, said Matthew Elliott, former chief executive of Vote Leave.

Any hint of a second referendum will undermine the negotiations, because it will give [EU chief negotiator] Michel Barnier an incentive to present the UK with a bad deal, hoping that Britain votes to stay in, to continue our net contribution to the EU budget.

Prime Minister Theresa May clinched a divorce deal last month that paves the way for arduous talks on future trade ties ahead of the United Kingdoms exit which is due on March 29, 2019.

Nigel Farage, one of the most prominent Brexit campaigners ahead of the referendum, said this week he was warming to the idea of holding a second vote to settle the argument on whether leaving was the right decision or not.


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