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Sadiq calls for second Brexit referendum

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.   | Photo Credit: HANDOUT

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for another referendum on Britain’s European Union (EU) membership, saying that the Prime Minister’s handling of Brexit negotiations had become “mired in confusion and deadlock”.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29. But with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans still not accepted, some lawmakers, as well as union and business leaders, are increasingly arguing for people to have a final say on any deal struck with Brussels.

Ms. May has repeatedly ruled out holding a second referendum.

‘Increasingly risky’

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

Writing in Sunday’s Observer newspaper, Mr. Khan blamed the government’s handling of the negotiations and said the threat to living standards, the economy and jobs was too great for voters not to have a say. “The government’s abject failure and the huge risk we face of a bad deal or a no-deal Brexit means that giving people a fresh say is now the right and only approach left for our country,” he said.

Mr. Khan’s support for a second referendum, will put more pressure on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to change his opposition to the idea. Labour is due to start its four-day annual party conference in a week’s time.

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