Theresa May: UK Will Not Have Another Brexit Referendum

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed the U.K. will not have a second referendum on whether to leave the European Union.

Her remarks came shortly after Nigel Farage suggested the U.K. should hold another vote on the withdrawal from the EU.

In June 2016, people voted in favor of leaving the EU. Farage, a staunch leave campaigner, believes that even more people will now vote to exit the union if a second referendum is held.

"What is for certain is that the [Nick] Cleggs, the [Tony] Blairs, the [Labour peer Lord] Adonises will never, ever give up. They will go on whinging and whining and moaning all the way through this process," the former UKIP party leader said during an interview with Channel 5's The Wright Stuff.

"So maybe, just maybe, we should have a second referendum on EU membership... if we had a second referendum we'd kill it off for a generation as the percentage of the vote to leave next time will be very much bigger than it was last time," Farage continued.

"And we may just finish the whole thing off and Blair can disappear off to total obscurity."

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FILE PHOTO: Nigel Farage, ex-leader of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP), speaks at a press conference of the Germany's far-right Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) party in Berlin, Germany, September 8, 2017. He said in January 2018 the UK should hold another referendum on its EU membership. Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo/Reuters

However, a spokesman for May told Reuters: "We will not be having a second referendum."

May's comments echoed those of Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, who also dismissed suggestions that there could be another vote.

"There is going to be Brexit, of course," he said earlier in January. "Don't believe those who say that it's not going to happen and that people have realised their error in the U.K. I don't think that is going to be the case. The U.K. is set to leave the EU in March 2019."

The EU budget commissioner, Günther Oettinger, said the exit will leave a gap of about 12-13 billion euros (£11-12 billion), half of which will have to be closed with spending cuts, the BBC reported.