June 12, 2018 / 11:01 AM / in 13 days

David Davis says parliament vote cannot reverse Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday there would be no reversal of the decision to leave the European Union whatever the outcome of divorce talks with the bloc.

Britain's Secretary of State for Departing the EU David Davis leaves 10 Downing Street in London, June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a showdown in parliament with lawmakers later on Tuesday who want a “meaningful vote” on an eventual Brexit deal and to set the government’s “direction” if the house rejects the agreement.

“Whatever we do, we’re not going to reverse that (decision to leave the EU),” David told BBC radio. “A meaningful vote is not the ability to reverse the decision of the referendum.”

When asked if May would lead the conservatives into the next UK election, Davis also said “I think so ... actually I hope so”.

Reporting by Michael Holden. Editing by Andrew MacAskill

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