London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for another Brexit referendum
LONDON – The Mayor of the British capital, Sadiq Khan, has called for another Brexit referendum, saying the prime minister’s handling of Brexit negotiations had become ‘mired in confusion and deadlock’.
In an article in the Observer on Sunday, the Mayor outlined that Britain was now facing either a bad deal or a no-deal Brexit, both of which were “incredibly risky”.
‘I’ve become increasingly alarmed as the chaotic approach to the negotiations has become mired in confusion and deadlock, leading us down a path that could be hugely damaging – not only to London, but the whole country,’ Sadi wrote in the piece.
The mayor also blamed Theresa May for negotiations and unpreparedness over the matter.
Theresa May has failed to negotiate a Brexit position with her own party – let alone agree a deal with the EU. At every stage, her government has looked unprepared and out of its depth, resulting in a litany of wrong turns, stated the mayor.
Khan, who admitted that he was a proponent that Britain should remain with the European Union, stated that the threat to living standards, the economy and jobs was too great for voters not to have a say.
‘So, after a lot of careful consideration, I’ve decided the people must get a final say. This means a public vote on any deal or a vote on a no-deal, alongside the option of staying in the EU,’ the Labour party leader continued in the article.
He argued that ‘another public vote on Brexit was never inevitable,’ or something he ever thought he would have to call for.
Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, however, with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans still not accepted, some lawmakers, as well as union and business leaders, are arguing for people to have another say on any deal with Brussels.
May has repeatedly ruled out a second referendum for Brexit (an abbreviation for “British exit,”).
The Britishers voted against staying in the European Union in a historic referendum on June 23, 2016 with 53.4 percent majority against 46.6 percent, however, the calls for another voting are growing.