British Prime Minister Theresa May says holding another referendum on the EU would “break faith with the British people”.
This comes as former PMs John Major and Tony Blair join many calling for a new referendum if MPs cannot agree on a way forward.
But the prime minister will argue that it would do “irreparable damage to the integrity our politics” and would “likely leave us no further forward”.
Mr Blair said last week that while he admired Mrs May’s determination to get her deal through, with so many MPs opposed to it there was “literally no point in carrying on digging”.
Blair maintains that after 30 months of negotiations and with government in ‘a mess’, giving the final say to the people would become the logical outcome.
But Mrs May will tell MPs on Monday: “Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum.
“Another vote which would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics, because it would say to millions who trusted in democracy, that our democracy does not deliver.
“Another vote which would likely leave us no further forward than the last.
“And another vote which would further divide our country at the very moment we should be working to unite it.”
Meanwhile, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said a column in the Telegraph that a second referendum would “provoke instant, deep and ineradicable feelings of betrayal”.