Second Brexit vote would be 'ultimate betrayal': leader of lower UK parliament

Britain's Conservative Party's leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - A second public vote on Britain’s membership of the European Union would be the “ultimate betrayal”, Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons or lower house of parliament, wrote in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

“The ultimate betrayal would be a second referendum,” wrote Leadsom, a Brexiteer.

“It would require lengthy delay, it would reignite the divisive debate, and since Parliament has so far failed to follow the first result, there is no reason to believe it would honor a second referendum either.”

Lawmakers have rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s negotiated agreement on Brexit with Brussels, and talks are underway with the opposition Labour Party to reach a compromise.

“The vision we had of Brexit is fading away – and we are running out of time to save it,” Leadsom said.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by David Gregorio