November 28, 2018 / 12:56 PM / 10 months ago

Not possible to have second Brexit vote before UK leaves EU - May

Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves the BBC after appearing on the Andrew Marr Show, in central London, Britain July 15, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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

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