December 16, 2018 / 9:21 AM / a month ago

British government is not planning for second Brexit vote - minister

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds arrives in Downing Street, London, Britain, November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British education minister Damian Hinds said on Sunday the government was not planning for a second referendum, denying reports that ministers were looking at such a vote to break the deadlock over Brexit.

Asked if the government was preparing for a vote, Hinds told Sky News: “No, a second referendum would be divisive. We’ve had the people’s vote, we’ve had the referendum and now we’ve got to get on with implementing it.”

He described Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal to the leave the European Union as a “balanced” agreement that lawmakers should support.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Mark Potter

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