Liberal Democrats demand new Brexit referendum in 12 months

The Lib Dems have campaigned against Brexit ever since Britain voted to leave the EU last June

The Lib Dems have campaigned against Brexit ever since Britain voted to leave the EU last June

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have demanded a fresh referendum on Brexit in just 12 months' time.

The centrist party has mapped out a timetable for a second EU referendum, which would ensure the British people had the chance to reverse the decision to leave the EU before Britain formally leaves the bloc in March 2019.

Under the Lib Dems' timeframe, Parliament would sanction another vote once the EU Withdrawal Bill, which is currently causing the Government so many problems, passes Parliament. The bill is expected to complete its legislative journey in April.

The campaign period for the referendum would begin in September and a vote would be held in December, according to Sky News.

The Lib Dems have campaigned for a second referendum ever since the UK sensationally voted to quit the EU last June. Their cause has been helped by a series of embarrassments for the Government, most recently a rebellion on the Withdrawal Bill which saw MPs back an amendment to give Parliament a vote on the final Brexit deal.

Despite the setbacks, EU leaders have agreed to progress the Brexit negotiations to the crucial trade stage, and Theresa May has maintained there will be no second referendum.

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