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Monday, 20 May 2024 – 23:29

May attacks Blair while her ministers prepare for a second referendum

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has attacked former PM Tony Blair for his calls in support of a second referendum on Brexit.

Tony Blair said on Friday that the PM should “switch course” and back a second referendum because of a deadlock in Parliament over the Brexit issue. Mrs May said; “For Tony Blair to go to Brussels and seek to undermine our negotiations by advocating for a second referendum is an insult to the office he once held and the people he once served.

“We cannot, as he would abdicate responsibility for this decision. Parliament has a democratic duty to deliver what the British people voted for.

“I remain determined to see that happen. I will not let the British people down.”

The attack on Mr Blair comes as the Prime Minister has received her highest approval rating since 2016 in a poll this week, despite the delay on the Brexit deal vote and the PM’s failure to extract any concessions over the Irish backstop at the EU Summit. The poll would suggest the public have faith in Mrs May’s resilient attitude during the turbulent period for Brexit and her premiership.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that multiple cabinet ministers now support a second referendum. Additionally, Davis Lidington, who is effectively the PM’s deputy, has been meeting with Labour MPs to discuss the possibility of a new poll.

Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on the other hand, has claimed this week that a no deal is better than a second referendum. Some, but few ministers still state that they believe a Brexit deal can get through Parliament.

Theresa May will continue to attempt to salvage her Brexit deal in the coming week, but she does so with a cabinet seemingly split on the way forward for Brexit. 

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