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UK Seeks to Downplay 2nd Brexit Vote   12/16 09:57

   Supporters of British Prime Minister Theresa May dampened suggestions Sunday 
that the government is planning a second referendum on whether to leave the 
European Union, arguing that another Brexit vote would exacerbate divisions in 
the U.K., not heal them.

   LONDON (AP) -- Supporters of British Prime Minister Theresa May dampened 
suggestions Sunday that the government is planning a second referendum on 
whether to leave the European Union, arguing that another Brexit vote would 
exacerbate divisions in the U.K., not heal them.

   International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the BBC that holding another 
vote on Britain's EU membership would settle little in a country that backed 
leaving the EU in 2016 by 51.9 percent with the highest turnout for a U.K. vote 
since 1992.

   "Suppose we had another referendum. Supposing the 'remain' side won it by 52 
to 48, but it was on a lower turnout - entirely possible," Fox said. "If there 
is another referendum, which I don't think there will be, people like me will 
be immediately demanding it's best of three. Where does that end up?"

   The comments come as Britain struggles for a way forward after days of 
political drama because of unease with the terms of May's deal to leave the 
28-nation bloc. The British Parliament was supposed to vote on May's Brexit 
plan last week, but she postponed it after it became clear that lawmakers would 
decisively reject it.

   Lawmakers were outraged at not having a chance to have their say. May's own 
Conservative Party triggered a confidence vote in her party leadership, which 
she won, but a third of her party's lawmakers revolted against her.

   Unable to secure any concessions from the EU at a summit, May faced reports 
in the Sunday Times that said her de-facto deputy, Cabinet Office Minister 
David Lidington, held talks with Labour lawmakers aimed at holding another 
Brexit vote.

   In response, Lidington tweeted a link to a record of parliamentary 
proceedings in which he explained how a second vote could be "divisive not 
decisive."

   May's chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, tweeted "Happy to confirm I am 
(asterisk)not(asterisk) planning a 2nd referendum with political opponents (or 
anyone else to anticipate the next question)"

   With little time to resolve the impasse before Britain's departure from the 
EU on March 29, fears are growing that Britain could leave the bloc with no 
deal at all --- a situation with potentially devastating consequences for the 
U.K. economy.

   Underscoring the acrimony in the nation over Brexit, May and former Prime 
Minister Tony Blair of the Labour Party traded jibes in the media.

   May accused Blair of "undermining" her efforts to deliver Brexit by calling 
for a second referendum on whether or not to leave. May said his comments were 
"an insult to the office he once held."

   Blair shot back, saying he had a right to comment on "the most important 
decision our country has taken since the end of World War II."

   "What is irresponsible, however, is to try to steamroller MPs into accepting 
a deal they genuinely think is a bad one with the threat that if they do not 
fall into line, the government will have the country crash out without a deal," 
Blair said.


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