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Justine Greening calls for second referendum as Theresa May urges MPs to ‘hold their nerve’

MPs NEED to get their heads ‘out of the sand’ and recognise that Parliament will not support any Brexit option on the table, a Tory former Cabinet minister has said.

Justine Greening (pictured) made the comments as she joined campaigners delivering a petition for another referendum to Downing Street.

The MP said she would vote against Theresa May’s deal in the Commons next week, and instead called for a people’s vote on the final deal.

Ms Greening joined dozens of campaigners and MPs from three other parties to deliver petitions, signed by more than a million people, from the Independent newspaper’s Final Say campaign as well as the People’s Vote.

She said: ‘MPs need to take their heads out of the sand and recognise that Parliament isn’t going to vote for any of the options on the table but in that case we can’t just decide to disagree and go nowhere — we have a responsibility to find a route through for people in our country.’

Ms Greening added: ‘In the end I expect MPs to get to that point when they do see gridlock and realise that actually we are going to have to go back to the people.’

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said the ‘let’s just get on with it’ attitude is a ‘fallacy’, because ‘even if we accept the Government’s deal we’re not just getting on with it’.

He added: ‘We’ll be spending years in negotiation of what kind of arrangement we’d want with the European Union — the problem isn’t going to go away.’

Meanwhile, the PM has told Tory MPs to ‘hold their nerve’ and back her Brexit deal.

Theresa May insisted she would still have a job in two weeks’ time as she faces a crunch Commons vote on her EU withdrawal agreement on December 11.

Mrs May told ITV’s This Morning: ‘At the end of the line it is, I think, about holding our nerve and getting this over the line so we can deliver on Brexit and people can have that better future.’

Asked if she would still have a job after the showdown vote, Mrs May said: ‘I will still have a job in two weeks’ time. My job is making sure that we do what the public asked us to, we leave the EU but we do it in a way that is good for them.’

Pressed on whether she would resign if the Commons rejected her Brexit deal next week, Mrs May said: ‘I’m focusing on, you know, getting that vote, and getting the vote over the line.’