by Larry Neild
LONDON, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) — British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted Wednesday that there will be no back-door attempts to keep the country as a member of the European Union (EU).
In what was virtually a reading of the “riot act” to her own front bench team, May told ministers: “We must continue to be very clear that ‘Brexit means Brexit’, that we’re going to make a success of it. That means there’s no second referendum; no attempts to sort of stay in the EU by the back door; that we’re actually going to deliver on this.”
May’s comments came at the start of a day-long cabinet meeting at her country retreat of Chequers.
She is aware that politicians from different parties are seeking ways of overturning or circumventing the June 23 referendum when Britons voted to quit the EU.
Remain supporters are seeking ways of forcing a vote in the House of Commons and the upper chamber, the House of Lords, prior to a Brexit deal being agreed. Some politicians have demanded a second referendum to get public backing for the deal or a general election.
May’s determined stance at Chequers appears to be dismissing any such moves from anybody.
She told her cabinet team they will be looking at the next steps that the government needs to take, and also looking at the opportunities now open to Britain “as the country forges a new role for the UK in the world”.