LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday it was not possible to hold a second Brexit referendum before Britain leaves the EU on March 29 next year, meaning those pressing for such a vote would delay the UK departure or increase the possibility of leaving without a deal.
“I believe, in terms of a second referendum, it is important we deliver on the vote of the British people,” she told parliament, addressing a lawmaker who asked about such a vote.
“But I would also just ask her to consider this: It wouldn’t be possible to hold a referendum before March 29 of next year. That would mean having to extend Article 50 … delaying Brexit or leaving with no deal.”
(Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison)