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Angela Rayner says second EU referendum would undermine democracy

ANOTHER European Union referendum could undermine “democracy in itself,” shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has said.

Labour’s official position is to try oust Prime Minister Theresa May at a general election if MPs vote down her Brexit deal, but is under pressure from some of its MPs as well as smaller opposition parties to back a second referendum.

But Ms Rayner warned of going against the Leave vote of June 2016.

On BBC’s Question Time on Thursday night, she said: “Saying that we’ll just have a second referendum and everything will be fine, I think, is a very serious position and it undermines democracy in itself.

“People made the decision and you can’t keep going back saying: ‘Would you like to answer it a different way?’”

Cross-party campaigners for a second vote want Labour to table a motion of no confidence in the government it is unlikely to win and then plump for a second referendum.

This week they urged Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to back their plan after he said last month that a second referendum is an option that can only be considered in the long term.


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