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Absolutely no second Brexit referendum

Press Association logoPress Association 24/01/2017

The British government will introduce "straightforward" legislation within days, seeking parliament's approval to trigger Britain's divorce with the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday.

Earlier the UK Supreme Court ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May must give parliament a vote before she can invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty to begin two years of exit talks.

"We will within days introduce legislation to give the government the legal power to trigger Article 50," Davis told parliament.

"This will be the most straightforward bill possible to give effect to the decision of the people and respect the Supreme Court's judgement."

Davis has categorically ruled out the prospect of a second EU referendum as he said he would not back another poll "under any circumstances".

The Brexit Secretary said arguments in favour of another referendum on the grounds that people did not know exactly what they were voting for on June 23 last year are "patronising" and "undemocratic".

Sheryll Murray, the Tory MP for South East Cornwall, urged the frontbencher to reassure her constituents they would not have to vote on the issue again as Mr Davis delivered a Commons statement on the process for triggering Article 50.

"There has been a lot of talk of second referendums on Article 50 from some on the opposite side of the House," she said.

"Will you please reassure my constituents, the majority of who voted to leave, that you will categorically rule out any second referendum?"

Mr Davis replied: "Yes is the answer.

"I'm afraid I take the view that somehow the British people didn't know what they were doing first time round so they have got to get a chance to get the answer right is patronising, bluntly, and undemocratic and improper.

"The answer is I will not under any circumstances be supporting a second referendum."

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