London : London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Sunday called for a second Brexit referendum as he criticised the Conservative party-led UK government’s increasingly “chaotic approach” to the negotiations with the 28-member European Union (EU).
The Pakistani-origin Opposition Labour Party leader said the fresh vote should offer voters the choice of staying in the EU against any deal the UK government manages to strike — or against a “no-deal” Brexit, if an agreement cannot be reached. Writing in the ‘Observer’, Khan warned with the UK due to leave the EU in six months, by March 2019, it now faced either a “bad deal” or “no deal”.
“Both these scenarios are a million miles away from what was promised during the EU referendum campaign,” Khan said, claiming independent analysis had forecast 5,00,000 fewer jobs across Britain by 2030 if a Brexit deal is not reached. “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,” he said.
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