Theresa May has hit out at Tony Blair, accusing him of “insulting” the British people and the office of prime minister by “undermining” Brexit talks with calls in Brussels for a second referendum.
In a pointed swipe at the Labour heavyweight, the Prime Minister said a second referendum would amount to Parliament abdicating responsibility.
Mrs May said: “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.”
In a series of high profile interventions into the Brexit debate Mr Blair has insisted that a majority of MPs may decide a second referendum is the only way out of parliamentary gridlock on EU withdrawal.
There are too many people who want to subvert the process for their own political interests - rather than acting in the national interestPrime Minister Theresa May
The Prime Minister said some critics were trying to take advantage of the situation for their own ends.
She said: “I am fighting for a good deal for Britain. I will continue to fight for a good deal for Britain.
“I have never lost sight of my duty and that is to deliver on the referendum result and to do so in a way that protects British jobs, keeps us safe and protects our precious Union.
“However there are too many people who want to subvert the process for their own political interests – rather than acting in the national interest.”