London mayor calls for second Brexit referendum

Theresa May sits next to Boris Johnson

The remain-supporting London mayor has today doubled down on his call for Prime Minister Theresa May to hold a so-called "People's Vote" on the final Brexit deal struck between Britain and the EU.

But last night it was reported that Brussels was preparing to accept a frictionless Irish border using new technology to minimise checks.

It has also infuriated pro-Brexit MPs who believe Britain should leave the European Union on schedule in March 2019 in line with the "will of the people".

But critics say her proposal would tie Britain too closely to the European Union, and argue that the Irish issue can be resolved through trusted trader schemes and the use of technology.

Khan also criticised his predecessor as London mayor, Boris Johnson, for prioritising political ambitions over the interests of the country.

"It's ensuring that we get that good deal from the European Union which is good for people in the United Kingdom, wherever they live in the United Kingdom, that's what's important for us".

The EU has previously claimed the only feasible option to avoid the return of border controls would be customs checks on goods before they left mainland Britain.

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London mayor Sadiq Khan pitches for second referendum on Brexit

He told Marr a option to remain a member of the European Union should be included on the ballot paper if a fresh referendum were to be held.

May, who has faced mounting criticism at home over her handling of the Brexit negotiations, has repeatedly pushed back against suggestions of holding a second public vote on the issue. And I think that would be a profound mistake'.

Any failure to deliver a Brexit deal should result in an immediate general election rather than a second referendum, the shadow International Trade Secretary has said.

The intervention in favour of a second referendum from Khan, a senior member of Britain's opposition Labour Party, will put more pressure on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to also support the second referendum idea.

Labour's worldwide trade spokesman Barry Gardiner said a second referendum would throw the Conservative government a lifeline.

"I am not one of those advocating for a re-run" he made clear to the BBC presenter, adding: "the British public should have a say on the outcome of the negotiations". 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 party's global trade spokesman said the 2016 campaign had caused "real divisions", adding: 'I think the challenge now is to try to heal society.' But Labour has not taken the option of another vote off the table.

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