Putin tells May to fulfil ‘will of the people’ on Brexit


President Vladimir Putin said that he said he “understood” prime minister Theresa May’s position and that not to implement Brexit would be to repudiate “direct democracy”.

Answering a question during his annual press conference, Putin said: “In terms of Brexit, if it is carried through to the end, I can understand the position of the prime minister who is fighting for Brexit … There was a referendum after all. What can she do? She must enact the will of the people, expressed during the referendum.”

Putin also accepted that relations with Britain post-Salisbury case had reached “rock bottom” but he added that Russia was interested in renewing relations with Britain, he added.

With just under 100 days until Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29.