London mayor Sadiq Khan has referred to as for a second EU referendum, criticising the government’s dealing with of Brexit negotiations with the EU.
Writing in the Observer, the Labour politician mentioned that with the UK on account of depart the EU in six months, it now confronted both a “bad deal” or “no deal”.
The debate had additionally turn into “more about Boris Johnson’s political ambitions” than what was good for the UK, he mentioned.
Tory minister Michael Gove mentioned Mr Khan needed to frustrate the need of voters.
The mayor’s feedback are additionally at odds with the Labour’s official policy, which is to respect the result of the referendum however “leave all options on the table” if a deal just isn’t agreed by Parliament.
Former Tooting MP Mr Khan mentioned that though he campaigned to remain within the EU, he had accepted “the will of the British people was to leave the EU”.
He mentioned he had by no means expected to again requires a second referendum, however had turn into “increasingly alarmed as the chaotic approach to the negotiations had become mired in confusion and deadlock”.
With time working out for the British government to barter a final take care of the EU before March 2019, Mr Khan mentioned the UK was left with two “incredibly risky” potentialities.
“Both these scenarios are a million miles from what was promised during the referendum campaign, only further exposing the lies and mistruths sold to the public,” he wrote within the paper.
“I don’t believe Theresa May has the mandate to gamble so flagrantly with the British economy and people’s livelihoods.”
‘Not a rerun’
Appearing on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Khan was proven feedback he made to LBC radio after the Brexit referendum, by which he warned a contemporary ballot would result in “even more cynicism” amongst voters.
He instructed Marr: “It’s really important that this is not a re-run of the referendum but the British public having a say for the first time on the outcome.”
Pushed on what voters must be requested in a contemporary vote, he mentioned it must be a alternative between the government’s deal and remaining within the EU.
Asked whether or not that will disenfranchise supporters of a tough Brexit, Mr Khan added: “My point is this. Rather than having a bad deal or a no deal, let’s put that to the British public with the option of staying in the EU.”
Mr Khan additionally dismissed options he was attempting to distract from his observe document as London mayor, following criticisms of his document on knife crime, housing and transport.
Appearing on the identical programme, Environment Secretary Mr Gove, a number one Brexiteer in the course of the referendum, mentioned Mr Khan’s feedback have been “troubling”.
“People voted clearly – 17.4m people – to leave the European Union,” Mr Gove mentioned. “Sadiq is essentially saying, ‘Stop, lets delay the process, let’s throw it into chaos’. And I think that would be a profound mistake.”
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Theresa May mentioned the government wouldn’t again one other vote.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, she mentioned: “To ask the question all over again would be a gross betrayal of our democracy – and a betrayal of that trust.”
Meanwhile, in a letter to Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, revealed by The Sunday Times, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer warned the government that Labour MPs will vote down makes an attempt to power the nation right into a “blind Brexit”.
It comes because the People’s Vote campaign, which desires a brand new referendum on Brexit, is trying to vary Labour Party policy, according to a leaked memo.
Earlier this month GMB basic secretary Tim Roache mentioned the union backed a referendum on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, urging Labour to “follow suit”.