UK foreign secretary: Reversing Brexit could lead to Paris-style riots

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt attends the weekly meeting of the Cabinet at 10 Downing Street in London on December 4, 2018. | Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

UK foreign secretary: Reversing Brexit could lead to Paris-style riots

A second referendum could spark ‘real social instability,’ Jeremy Hunt warned.

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12/7/18, 12:09 PM CET

Updated 12/7/18, 12:15 PM CET

The British parliament must be “very careful” not to “get out of step with where the public are on Brexit” or risk “real social instability,” U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Times on Friday.

Urging MPs to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal in their crunch vote Tuesday, Hunt said lawmakers must “not just think about what our own views on Brexit are, but we have to think what is the solution that is going to bring the country together.”

Asked whether violent protests like those by the Yellow Jackets in France could take place in the U.K., Hunt replied that holding a second referendum in which Remain narrowly won would cause those who voted Leave to become “incredibly angry.”

“I wouldn’t rule out real social instability in this country,” he said.

Separately, in an op-ed in the Guardian published today, U.K. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn opened the door to a second referendum under a Labour government.

“The option of campaigning for a public vote to break the deadlock” should be on the table, Corbyn wrote, adding that he believes he could get a better Brexit deal from Brussels.

“The EU has shown it is prepared to renegotiate even more complex agreements than this,

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