Her comments came as insiders said Labour was on the verge of backing a so-called People’s Vote, with shadow chancellor Johns McDonnell leading a push to force Jeremy Corbyn to agree. Sources in the cabinet have also confirmed that there is a faction of Remainers pushing Mrs May to support a second referendum. The potential betrayal of Leave voters in Labour heartlands comes as the Prime Minister last night lashed out at Tony Blair over his attempts to undermine efforts to get a good deal with Brussels by holding parallel talks with the European Commission.
Mr Blair is at the heart of the People’s Vote campaign run by Tory, Labour and Lib Dem Remainers aimed at trying to force voters to change their minds.
Mrs May said: “There are too many people who want to subvert the process for their own political interests – rather than acting in the national interest.
“For Tony Blair to go to Brussels and seek to undermine our negotiations by advocating for a second referendum is an insult to the office he once held and the people he once served.
“We cannot, as he would, abdicate responsibility for this decision.
“Parliament has a democratic duty to deliver what the British people voted for.
“I remain determined to see that happen. I will not let the British people down.”
The row comes as former Ukip leader Nigel Farage shared a platform with Tory leader of the European Research Group Jacob Rees-Mogg and warned that he believes Parliament Remainers will force a second referendum.
Speaking at the Leave Means Leave rally in London, he said: “My message, folks, tonight is, as much as I don’t want a second referendum, it would be wrong of us on a Leave Means Leave platform not to get ready, not to be prepared for a worst-case scenario.”
Until now the Labour leadership has opposed a second referendum saying it should only be an option if they cannot get a general election.
But a majority of Labour MPs now back a second vote on the EU with several describing Mr Corbyn as “the only obstacle” to another referendum.
The Labour leader faced a “difficult meeting” of the Parliamentary Labour Party earlier last week where he was pressurised to change policy.
One Labour MP said: “We don’t have a manifesto, I represent a leave voting constituency and you’re asking me to defend my seat without any policies.
“A second referendum or people’s vote or whatever it’s called is much simpler.”
Another said: “John McDonnell is pressing for a second referendum and I think there is going to be a change of policy in the leadership.”
Another added: “It’s a matter of now when we back a second referendum not if.”
The pressure was coming from MPs who have been loyal to Mr Corbyn as well as “the usual suspects” of Blairites including Chuka Umunna involved with the People’s Vote campaign.
Meanwhile, a leading Tory MP in the People’s Vote campaign said he was “confident” Labour is about to change policy.
The MP said: “The current expectation is that Labour would whip to support it.”
Remainers hope to amend a meaningful vote on the deal to hold a referendum or for the government to be forced to bring a referendum forward despite Mrs May’s opposition.
A source close to Mr Corbyn said last night: “Our policy is that a second referendum is an option among others if we can’t get a general election.”
Meanwhile, senior sources have told the Sunday Express members of Mrs May’s cabinet are also actively plotting to push Britain towards a second referendum.
A cabinet minister said privately that the vote of confidence by MPs last week where 117 had no confidence in the Prime Minister meant that “her deal is dead.”
The minister said: “We have told the Prime Minister that it is impossible to persuade more than 100 Conservative MPs – forget about the 10 DUP MPs – to back the deal.
“We are not talking about 20 nutters but a significant part of the party.”
The minister also said that colleagues are pressing Mrs May to hold a series of non-bindng indicative votes on different options to “test the views” on parliament on the Turkey option of staying in the customs union, Norway option of staying in the EU single market with free movement or a “managed no deal”.
It is understood that senior ministers including work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd and Chancellor Philip Hammond the want a second referendum if none of the solutions can be agreed to.
But one cabinet minister who is opposed to another vote warned: “There is a reason John McDonnell now supports a second referendum. He is a tactician and he knows that it will destroy the Conservative Party.
“We will have blue on blue and tear ourselves apart for a vote which will probably resolve nothing in the country and is likely to make things much worse.”
Yesterday Ms Rudd, who was a leading figure in the Remain campaign, hinted at her support for a second referendum.
She said a “practical, sensible and healing approach” was needed for MPs to coalesce around a deal to avert the danger of Britain crashing out of the EU.
Source : EXPRESS