Putin: Theresa May Must Deliver Brexit and 'Fulfill The Will of the People'
Russian leader criticized the delay of Brexit
Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the delay of Brexit insisting Britsh Prime Minister Theresa May must “fulfill the will of the people,” and not hold a second referendum.
Speaking in Moscow during his annual press conference, Putin said: “The referendum was held,” referring to the British people's vote on leaving the European Union in 2016.
“What can she do? She has to fulfill the will of the people expressed in the referendum.”
“Was it not a referendum?” he added.
“Someone disliked the result, so repeat it over and over?"
"Is this democracy?"
"What then would be the point of the referendum in the first place?" Putin said per The Guardian.
Britain is set to leave the EU on March 29. May, but May said she would delay a parliamentary vote on her Brexit proposal to the week of Jan. 14, opposing efforts to hold a second referendum on Brexit
"Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum, another vote, which would do irreparable damage to our politics."
"It would say to millions who trusted in our democracy that our democracy does not deliver," May said.
"She must enact the will of the people... otherwise it is not a referendum at all"— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) December 20, 2018
Vladimir Putin's advice to UK PM Theresa May on #Brexit
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"I know this is not everyone's perfect deal. It is a compromise," May said.
"But if we let the perfect be the enemy of the good, we risk leaving the EU with no deal."
May faced a notable backlash from both the UK public and her own Cabinet over the 'no deal' Brexit.
London has tasked troops with developing a plan to prevent an uprising if the country leaves the European Union without a deal.
Theresa May has seen seven high profile resignations as with Labour claims that the Conservative government is a danger of completely dissolving.
But a "managed no-deal" Brexit would not necessarily mean no withdrawal deal between the U.K. and EU, according to a report from Politico.