London mayor Sadiq Khan calls for second referendum on Brexit

George Freeman MP at the Big Tent Ideas Festival

The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29 and yet little is clear: There is, so far, no full exit agreement and some rebels in May's Conservative Party have threatened to vote down a deal if she clinches one.

This would have uncertain consequences for Britons living in European Union countries and European Union citizens living in the UK.

Sadiq Khan has been criticised for calling for a new Brexit referendum to allow the British public a "fresh say on our future", but speaking after the 2016 referendum, the London Mayor told LBC that the result should be respected.

"The message from the British people was very simple". But Mr Gove, one of the leaders of the Leave campaign, urged fellow Tories to support the plan in order to secure Brexit, rather than risk an impasse in Parliament or a general election. Former Cabinet minister Theresa Villiers said: 'It is so undemocratic to ask people to vote again just because there is an elite establishment that does not like the answer they were given the first time'.

"The unfortunate reality is that Theresa May has failed to negotiate a Brexit position with her own party ― let alone agree a deal with the EU", Khan wrote.

"It's time to take this crucial issue out of the hands of the politicians and return it to the people so that they can take back control", the mayor said. Other Indian-origin pro-Brexit MPs, including Rishi Sunak - the son-in-law of Infosys chief Narayana Murthy, and Goan-origin Suella Fernandes had joined Patel in signing an open letter in the lead up to the Brexit referendum making similar arguments on immigration, which marked one of the most contentious issues in the Brexit debate. "The pressures this causes means that we have to turn away qualified doctors, teachers, and entrepreneurs from non-EU countries who would make a positive contribution to this country".

"What we've done is listen to the people of Northern Ireland ..."

May expressed confidence parliament would approve the deal - but warned there was no alternative if Britain wanted to avoid a potentially disruptive "no deal" scenario.

In clips of the interview broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday, she said that if the agreement had not been accepted, the United Kingdom might have broken up. "I think that the alternative to that will be having no deal", she said, in reference to her so-called Chequers plan which had deeply divided different sections of the political divide.

Johnson, May's former foreign minister, attacked her Brexit plans on Saturday and warned the United Kingdom was heading for a "car crash" Brexit. He said the talks with the European Union were on course to end in a "spectacular political auto crash".

May will meet EU leaders in Salzburg on Wednesday and Thursday, as she seeks a breakthrough in talks on the Brexit divorce and the future UK-EU trading relationship.



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