Britain could have a second referendum if voters go for Brexit in June, European Parliament chief suggests
European Parliament president Martin Schulz has left the door open for a second referendum if the UK votes to leave the EU.
The German socialist refused to rule out the idea floated by Boris Johnson that Britain could go back to Brussels to try and get further concessions before voting again.
However, European Council president Tusk insisted there would be no second chance.
He said: 'If the majority votes to leave, that is what will happen.'
In an interview with the BBC's Hardtalk, Mr Schulz four time dodged the question, before finally admitting that it was possible.
'The only thing I rule out is that I participate in any debate not to defend the deal we agreed,' he said.
Mr Schulz poured cold water on the idea that the deal given to David Cameron would lead to a long term reduction in the numbers of migrants coming to the country.
Asked if the changes to welfare rules would deter EU migrants from going to the UK, he said: 'I don't so believe so. The whole exercise was to protect the welfare system of the UK for the time being.'
Mr Schulz noted that Britain would only be allowed to use an 'emergency brake' restricting access to benefits for seven years.
'For a temporary limited time it is admissible to accept some differences between UK and non-UK citizens because other countries did the same after eastern European countries joined the EU.
'Some of the member states had a seven year period for free access to the labour market, it's the UK that did not participate in this.'
MEPs yesterday continued to threaten to derail Mr Cameron's deal when the legislation needed to introduce the migrant benefit curbs are brought before the European Parliament after the referendum.
Gianni Pittella, who leads the socialist MEPS, said: 'Imagine two young people, Europeans, same job, same work, there is a danger one would have less rights than the other. That is discrimination.
'Parliaments are free to come to their conclusions and we cannot pre-empt or second guess those proposals.'
Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the alliance for liberals and democrats, said it was 'totally bonkers' for people in Britain to want to leave the EU.
The former Belgian prime minister said the referendum was 'a glorified cockfight... with Boris Johnson challenging David Cameron'.
He added: 'It is pathetic for Britain...Those who stand to lose the most from this referendum are ordinary British citizens.
'They see their currency endangered, their country alienated from the U.S., their Great Britain transformed into nothing more than little England.'
German MEP Gabriele Zimmer, a former member of the communist party, said the deal should be commemorated with a statue to Thatcher.
She said: 'We're on rout to the European Union coming closer to the radical market Anglo-Saxon model. You could erect a monument saying on 18 February 2016, the spirit of Margaret Thatcher was resurrected. You could put up a monument in Brussels to that effect.'
The Prime Minister has dismissed the idea of a second referendum, saying the decision on 23 June will be 'final'.
Manfred Weber, leader of the largest group in the European Parliament, the EPP, yesterday told MEPs: 'The offer is on the table, if it is a not there we will no follow-up negotiation.'
Ukip leader Nigel Farage was asked whether he would 'call it a day' and give up politics if he lost the referendum or he would prefer to stay in the company of Europeans in Brussels.
He refused to answer.
Let's all keep our fingers crossed for June 23. If Britain votes to leave the UK, it will be the beginning of the end of the EU and a major blow to the New World Order.
I wouldn't hold my breath, though. It's going to be a close vote and I have a nasty feeling that they will stay. I think the pro-EU people have done enough scaremongering about economic disaster that enough people will be too afraid of losing all their material possessions and easy lives that they won't want to take the risk. I just hope I'm wrong.
However, if I'm right, it could still be turned to our advantage. If they stay in the EU, dissension will continue to grow, and the UK will slip even further into the abyss, and they will only have themselves to blame. When the people have finally had enough, perhaps they can force their governments to listen. As we all know, Europeans are far more willing to take action than are Americans, and I'm sure the anti-EU people won't simply give up if they lose in June.
BTW, just to let you know the kind of person Margaret Thatcher was, back in the 1980's, several IRA members serving time in The Maze, a prison outside of Belfast, N. Ireland went on hunger strikes to get the government to classify them as political prisoners instead of common criminals. Thatcher wouldn't agree and she literally let them starve themselves to death. I won't comment on what I think of her, I'll let you form your own opinion.