London mayor Sadiq Khan calls for second referendum on Brexit

Blanche Robertson
September 16, 2018

London mayor Sadiq Khan has urged Theresa May to hold a second referendum on Brexit.

"This means a public vote on any Brexit deal obtained by the government, or a vote on a "no-deal" Brexit if one is not secured, alongside the option of staying in the European Union", he wrote in the article. However, there are some lawmakers and business leaders who are now arguing that the people must have the final say on the nature of the deal that Britain signs with the EU.

"I've got grievances about how the campaign was conducted but the reality is the public had a say, and they voted to leave".

May has repeatedly ruled out a second referendum.

Khan's support for a second referendum, which supporters call a "people's vote", will put more pressure on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to change his opposition to the idea.

Khan said Britain was now facing either a bad deal or a no-deal Brexit, both of which were "incredibly risky".

Labour's global trade spokesman Barry Gardiner said a second referendum would throw the Conservative government a lifeline.

He said there are now only two possible outcomes: a bad deal or "no deal" at all.

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"If this government can not do what it is supposed to do and govern, then we need actually to change the government", the Labour MP said.

The Mayor of London has thrown his weight behind a second European Union referendum, taking aim at the government's Brexit negotiations for leaving the British public facing the option of a bad deal or no deal at all.

This comes against the backdrop of the fact that Prime Minister Theresa May is yet to get approval for her Brexit plans.

Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, where he was played a voice clip in which he argued against the prospect of a second poll, asserting it would fuel massive "cynicism" amongst voters, Khan argued another vote would not be "a re-run of the referendum" but the public having their say over the outcome of negotiations.

"It's ensuring that we get that good deal from the European Union which is good for people in the United Kingdom, wherever they live in the United Kingdom, that's what's important for us".

A great deal of uncertainty remains about whether London and Brussels will be able to agree a new trade and relations deal, or whether Britain will crash out in a chaotic manner.

Finance Minister Philip Hammond told senior ministers last week that Brexit could have to be delayed beyond March 29 in order to pass new laws, The Sun newspaper said on Saturday.

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