In delivering a sharp rebuke to members of the Vote Leave movement, a spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron pointedly declared the scheduled 2017 referendum to leave the European Union (EU) is immutable and no second plebiscite would follow on the matter.
Cameron’s view, delivered by a close aide, is designed to the topple the notion among the Vote Leave campaign the 2017 “In-Out” vote would leave open the option to re-negotiate terms with the (EU) and a second vote is presumed.
A late-2017 vote is anticipated on a potential UK exit from the European Union.
Speaking with the full authority of the prime minister, the aide said:
“Some of those advocating ‘leave’ are suggesting that the referendum is just the first half and that if the majority of the UK public voted to leave, then the UK government would have a stronger hand to embark on a second negotiation with the rest of the EU and hold a second referendum. The prime minister is clear that is simply not going to happen. From the outset, he has been clear this will be a straightforward in/out choice. Leave means leave.”
Included within the scope of Cameron’s audience is London Mayor Boris Johnson, who has been urged to assume a larger role in the “No” campaign. While Johnson remains undecided, his public remarks tend to suggest he will vote no for a departure from the EU.
Johnson is known to favor using the 2017 vote to strengthen Britain’s negotiation position with the Brussels-based economic alliance.
Cameron has spurned the concept of the 2017 referendum being harnessed as anything but a final “In-Out” judgment from Britain’s voters.
Cameron has also stated any modifications to Britain’s role in the EU remain tethered to re-negotiating a treaty and not moored to the referendum vote.
A September poll revealed 52% of Britons favor remaining within the economic orbit of the EU and 39% would prefer economic independence from Brussels.
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