December 20, 2018 / 11:42 AM / a year ago

EU has been clear a managed no-deal Brexit is not available - May's spokesman

An anti-Brexit protester waves an EU flag opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, December 10, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union has been clear that a managed no-deal Brexit is not available, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Thursday after one of her ministers said it was an option if the government’s deal with Brussels is rejected by parliament.

The spokesman also said it was not plausible to hold a second referendum on Brexit. Work and pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said on Wednesday she could see the argument for another referendum if parliament cannot reach a consensus on the way forward.

Reporting by William James, Writing by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Stephen Addison

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