Published: Mon, March 25, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Hammond: Second referendum a "coherent proposition"

Hammond: Second referendum a

"I'm not sure there's a majority in parliament in support of a second referendum", he said.

"I will help you get it over the line to prevent a disastrous no deal exit".

Hammond said the best way forward would be for parliament to back May's deal, although he said that it might not be approved and so parliament should then try to find a way to end the impasse. The European Council on Thursday committed to agreeing to an extension until May 22 on condition that British Prime Minister Theresa May's deal would be passed in the parliament in the coming days.

A "no-deal" Brexit would result in the United Kingdom crashing out of the European Union, which is "effectively the world's second-largest economy", as NPR's Frank Langfitt reports.

Another option for Parliament would be to ask May to commit to a date to step down in exchange for an approval of her Brexit deal, though that seems unlikely given the unpopularity of her plan, which has been soundly defeated in two votes.

Organizers estimated that 1 million people turned out for the Put It to the People March, but that has not been confirmed independently.

Speakers at the rally included Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon, Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson and the London mayor Sadiq Khan.

"We've made sure over the last two years we have very good links not just at prime minister-level and taoiseach-level, but also between Phillip Hammond and Pascal Donohoe, between Simon Coveney and David Lidington and so on", he said.

Watson, the Labour Party's deputy leader, also spoke in support of another referendum, saying it would bring the country back together.

"I am an old man and the outcome won't affect me - but it will affect my family and many people that I know for years to come", he said ahead of the event. He added: "This is not about the Prime Minister or any other individual, this is about the future of our country".

This would trigger a Conservative Party leadership contest whose victor would become the new prime minister. You're plunging this country into chaos.

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay warned the risk of a general election would increase if MPs took control of parliamentary proceedings and brought about a "constitutional collision".

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Britain could unilaterally revoke its Article 50 notification - the formal procedure for leaving the EU.

He told BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour: "My personal view is that I would be happy to revoke Article 50 - I appreciate that is probably a minority view - but if we get to this utter paralysis and I sincerely hope that in the next 48, 72 hours we do not, then if that becomes an option that's an option that I would personally take".

In the petition, its creator, Margaret Anne Georgiadou, proposes that instead of trying to find a compromise within Parliament and then the European Union, the Brexit efforts should be abandoned all together.

While some have expressed astonishment at the climbing number, others have been more skeptical, suspecting that bots and people using false details to claim British citizenship or residency could be involved. "A People's Vote may not happen - so vote now".

Britain's government responds to all petitions that gain more than 10,000 signatures and considers for debate all petitions that receive more than 100,000 signatures.

The longer delay would allow time for a change in prime minister if the growing list of May's opponents in the Conservative Party manage to force her out.

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