CHESTERFIELD, England (Reuters) – As Britain grapples with whether to leave the European Union, some voters in an ancient English town have a message for the politicians in London: Do not betray Brexit.
The United Kingdom’s labyrinthine crisis over EU membership is approaching its finale with an extraordinary array of options including no-deal Brexit, a last-minute deal, a snap election, or a delay and new referendum.
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In Chesterfield, a leave-supporting northern town which could take an economic hit if Britain dropped out of the EU, some voters were clear they would prefer to leave without a deal and would turn away from politics if Brexit was thwarted.
“It’s got to be no deal – and we are not all going to die and crumble. We are Great Britain remember!” said Valerie Quigley, 70, a leave supporter who traditionally votes for the Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Theresa May.
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Quigley, who has owned a womenswear shop for 26 years, said May was doing a good job in tough circumstances.
“If somebody else thinks that they can do better than Theresa May then let them get on with it,” Quigley said.
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“I think in Brussels and the EU they are scared to death that we are going.”
While an unscientifically small sample, responses in Chesterfield show the divide between the 17.4 million leave voters and an elite in London that mainly views Brexit as damaging.
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May, once a reluctant supporter of EU membership who won the top job in the turmoil following the 2016 Brexit referendum, has warned thwarting that vote will threaten social cohesion by undermining belief in British democracy.
In a step that could overturn centuries of constitutional convention, some lawmakers want to grab control of Brexit from the government to prevent what they say would be an economically disastrous no-deal departure.
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In 2016, 51.9 percent of voters backed...
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