Talks of a second Brexit referendum were reignited when pro-Brexit politician Nigel Farage suggested a new vote could “silence” Remainers.

But Dr Wollanston warned a second Brexit vote could actually have terrible repercussions on the UK.

She said: “We should not be talking about referendums or second referendums at this point. 

“I think that trouble with saying that now is that it would just encourage the European Union to give us the worst possible deal. We have to cross that bridge when we come to it.”

Earlier this week Mr Farage said a new Brexit referendum would put to rest pro-Remain voters’ complaints about leaving the European Union.

Dr Wollanston said the UK Government should focus on ensuring the House of Commons accepts the terms of the final deal agreed with Brussels to avoid a “Brexit cliff edge.”

Speaking to Peston on Sunday, the MP for Totnes said: “What we now know is that there is going to be a meaningful vote for Parliament at the end of this process.

“The difficulty is that if Parliament rejects the deal, we would end up crashing out on an even worse deal, a sort of cliff-edge Brexit.”

Brexit Shadow Secretary Sir Keir Starmer warned Labour could reject the final Brexit deal if it fails to meet his red lines to ensure Britain remains commercially close to the European Union.

Speaking at a meeting of the Fabian Society, the Sir Keir said: “If what comes back does not provide for a strong and collaborative relationship we’re not signing it. We’re not voting for it.”

His red lines include remaining as close as possible to the bloc’s Single Market and the Customs Union, the defence of rights currently provided by the union and “a humane, effective, immigration approach”.

Sir Keir’s other red lines included “a strong and collaborative future relationship” with the EU, effective measures to handle terrorism and national security and a deal which “delivered for all regions and nations of the UK”. 

Daily Express

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