A second referendum on the United Kingdom’s exit fro the European Union would only widen the divisions in Britain, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has warned.
The Most Reverend Welby told the House of Lords on Tuesday that a second referendum would not be beneficial for the British people after peers voted against another pool by 336 votes to 131:
“Holding another referendum will add to our divisions. This feels like the most divided country I have lived in in my lifetime.”
Prime Minister Theresa May’s opponents have called for the right to vote down any deal they feel isn’t good enough and request that a better one be sought.
A second EU referendum looks unlikely as things stand, however, and May’s government should remain on track to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in the coming months unless parliament’s intervention causes delays.