London mayor, Sadiq Khan calls for second Brexit referendum

London mayor, Sadiq Khan calls for second Brexit referendum
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Sadiq Khan, the London mayor has called for another referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, saying the prime minister’s handling of Brexit negotiations had become “mired in confusion and deadlock” and was leading the country down a damaging path.

A second referendum, dubbed a “people’s vote” by its proponents, is not Labour party policy, although finance spokesman John McDonnell said last month that no option should be off the table.

The demand from the mayor of London comes as he insists that there are now just two possible outcomes for Britain in the negotiations with Brussels – either a bad deal or a no-deal scenario.

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

Last week, it emerged that Mr Khan would be Labour’s candidate in the 2020 mayoral race after securing enough support from within the party.