'The chances of a second referendum to stop Brexit are non-existent, the EU’s deputy chief negotiator has said.
Sabine Weyand, the brains behind the withdrawal agreement who deputises for Michel Barnier, told an audience in Berlin that an orderly withdrawal was the best Britain could hope for.
“I see no majority for a referendum in the House of Commons,” she confirmed after the event.
Ms Weyand reportedly accused some Remainers of “Cakeism" – a popular expression in Brussels referring to magical thinking whose usage was triggered by Boris Johnson claiming Britain could "have its cake and eat it" after Brexit.
She however clarified that she was not talking about the level of support in the country for another vote, but instead the mathematics in the Commons and political leadership for one.
The intervention, at a security conference, comes days after European Council president Donald Tusk said there was “no political force and no effective leadership” for another vote with the two main opposition parties committed to respecting the result of the 2016 referendum.'
“I have always been with you, with all my heart,” he said, but added: “The facts are unmistakable”.
Mr Tusk as well as European Parliament Brexit coordinator have called on Theresa May to try and reach a cross party consensus to get backing for her deal – welcoming a Labour plan for changes to future relationship.
Speaking in Berlin Ms Weyand said the current political declaration was vague because the UK had not yet decided what kind of future relationship it wanted from with the bloc.'
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