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Theresa May offers second referendum vote if MPs back her Brexit bill



LONDON — Theresa May has offered members of parliament a legally binding vote on whether to hold a second referendum in a last ditch bid to pass her Brexit deal.

In a speech in central London, the prime minister said the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) — which MPs will vote on in June — will include a provision which would force MPs to hold a vote on whether to hold a second Brexit referendum.

“The government will include in the withdrawal agreement bill at introduction the requirement to vote on whether to hold a second referendum,” she said.

“This must take place before the withdrawal agreement can be ratified.”

The offer means that parliament would need to approve the WAB before holding a vote on whether to hold a second referendum.

The prime minister said: “If MPs vote against this deal, they are voting to stop Brexit.”

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