In her hardest-hitting words yet, the Prime Minister has said rebels will not be able to get another vote and have to finally recognise that “Britain is leaving the EU”. Her attack on Remainers in her own party, including Anna Soubry and Dominic Grieve, follows their failure to help Labour backbencher Yvette Cooper win a vote for MPs to take control of the Brexit agenda. The PM’s intervention comes as Brexiteers have laid out their demands for compromises from Brussels to make the Withdrawal Agreement acceptable.
Mrs May made it clear that she believes Parliament has come in line with the British people and backed Brexit after last week’s crucial votes on Tuesday.
She said: “I do not have time for those who believe the verdict passed by the British people in 2016 should be overturned before it is even implemented.”
Mocking the MPs who demand a so-called People’s Vote, Mrs May said: “This week the leaders of the campaign for a second referendum had the chance to put their plan before the House of Commons – but they recognised there is no majority in this Parliament to hold another vote. Indeed, I believe there never will be.”
She said: “When the House refused to support the withdrawal agreement, I listened. “Now it’s time for MPs demanding a second referendum to do the same – put your efforts behind securing a better Brexit… because the UK is leaving the EU.”
Mrs May also received a boost last night as an Opinium poll gave a damning verdict on Jeremy Corbyn’s attempts to block Brexit.
The Tories now have a seven-point lead – up four points on 41 per cent, while Labour fell six points to 34 per cent.
Writing for Express online, former cabinet minister Owen Paterson said the EU needs to come back with proposals which remove the Northern Ireland backstop and move towards a free trade deal.” He said that MPs have given the Government “a firm mandate to return to Brussels, reopen the Withdrawal Agreement”.
Mr Paterson said that any vote to keep the UK in the customs union, as the Labour leadership wants, “would be a clear betrayal of the referendum result”.