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DUP dismisses second Brexit referendum call

Justine Greening described the Tory leader's Brexit proposals as 'the worst of both worlds'. Picture by Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

THE DUP has described calls for a second vote on Britain's EU membership as a "hare-brained, divisive and duplicitous proposal".

Former education secretary Justine Greening today called for a second referendum, labelling Theresa May's recent Brexit deal a "fudge".

Writing in The Times, the former education secretary described the Tory leader's proposals as "the worst of both worlds".

Ms Greening, who quit the cabinet in January, said Westminster was "gridlocked" over Brexit and the public should be given another vote that includes the option to remain in the EU.

The Putney MP told the BBC she would campaign for Remain in any new vote and asked if any other senior Tories backed a second referendum, she said: "Yes I believe so."

Discussing the prime minister's Chequers plan for Brexit , Ms Greening said: "I don't think it can work – I think it was a genuine clever attempt at a compromise that could work."

But the DUP’s Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson dismissed the calls, saying a second referendum would "totally undermine the United Kingdom’s negotiating position with the European Union".

"The chance of a second vote would only harden the determination of the already belligerent Brussels bureaucrats to give the United Kingdom the worst deal possible – the EU would wield massive influence over the result in any second vote," the East Antrim MP said.

Mr Wilson suggested that if Remain failed to secure victory in a second referendum, they would seek a third vote.

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