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    Britain Says 'Cheerio' to EU (463)

    According to the country’s health secretary, United Kingdom should hold a new referendum – on terms of leaving the European Union.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The United Kingdom should hold a new referendum – on terms of leaving the European Union, Jeremy Hunt, the country’s health secretary, said.

    "We must not invoke Article 50 straight away because that puts a time limit of two years on negotiations after which we could be thrown out with no deal at all. So before setting the clock ticking, we need to negotiate a deal and put it to the British people, either in a referendum or through the Conservative manifesto at a fresh General Election," Hunt wrote in an article published in the Daily Telegraph on Monday evening.

    He said that despite leaving the European Union Britain should remain in the single market but reach a compromise with the bloc on migration and freedom of movement issues.

    "So our plan must be to encourage them to reform those rules, thereby opening up a space for a ‘Norway plus’ option for us — full access to the single market with a sensible compromise on free movement rules," Hunt said, adding that this is in interest of both the European Union and the United Kingdom.

    On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of UK voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.

    Britain Says 'Cheerio' to EU (463)


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