LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s December election “blew away” the argument for a second Brexit referendum and the country must move on from its divide over whether or not to leave the European Union, the frontrunner to lead the opposition Labour Party said on Sunday.
FILE PHOTO: Labour’s Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC Headquarters after appearing on The Andrew Marr show in London, Oct. 20 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Keir Starmer, a former senior public prosecutor and Labour’s Brexit spokesman, took a leading role in persuading the party to back a second referendum but said the lack of clarity over how Labour would campaign in such a vote had been damaging.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives won a large majority in last month’s election, paving the way for Britain to leave the EU at the end of January.
“We are going to leave the EU in the next few weeks and it is important for all of us, including myself, to recognise that the argument about leave and remain goes with it,” Starmer said in an interview with the BBC.
“We will have left the EU and this election blew away the argument for a second referendum, rightly or wrongly, and we have to