London Mayor, Sadiq Khan has called for a second Brexit vote, criticising the government’s ‘abject failure’ in negotiations. The Mayor of London has put more pressure on Jeremy Corbyn by saying voters whould have the final say on what happens next.
Writing in the Observer, Khan said the UK faces either a bad deal or no deal and voters need a new referendum on Britain’s EU membership.
He wrote: ‘I don’t believe Theresa May has the mandate to gamble so flagrantly with the British economy and people’s livelihoods.’
Theresa May has repeatedly ruled out holding a second referendum following the vote two years ago to leave the EU.
She says MPs will get to vote on whether to accept any final deal. Khan’s intervention has heaped pressure on My Corbyn to give his backing for another referendum. Labour is due to start its four-day annual party conference in a week’s time.
Mr Corbyn will face intense pressure at Labour’s autumn conference later this month to back a fresh Brexit poll. Khan blamed the government’s handling of negotiations and said the threat to living standards, the economy and jobs was too great for voters not to have a say.
‘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 EU,’ he added. It comes as shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer warned Labour will vote down any attempts to force the country into a ‘blind Brexit’.
He warned counterpart Dominic Raab the Opposition will reject any ‘vague’ plans put before Parliament. Mrs May, meanwhile, is facing strong opposition to her Chequers blueprint for leaving the EU from hardline Tory Brexiteers. Without support from at least some opposition MPs, the Government is likely to struggle to get any agreement through Parliament.
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