The Guardian reports:
Offering public support that the embattled British prime minister may rather do without, Putin said he “understood” May’s position in “fighting for this Brexit”.
“The referendum was held,” the Russian president said from Moscow during a press conference shown on national television. “What can she do? She has to fulfill the will of the people expressed in the referendum.”
Russia is seen as a possible beneficiary of the UK’s exit from the EU, and a prominent financial backer of the leave campaign, Arron Banks, met Russian embassy officials repeatedly during the run-up to the referendum in June 2016.
Putin questions whether a second Brexit referendum would be democratic: “[Mrs May] has to deliver on the will of the people that was expressed… But will it be democracy if they have another re-run, and then another?… Would it be direct democracy?”
— Henry Foy (@HenryJFoy) December 20, 2018
This is going to look magnificent on the side of a bus during the Second Referendum … https://t.co/XPGY5i5Wfe
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) December 20, 2018