London mayor calls for second referendum on Brexit

Anna Jefferson
September 18, 2018

Mr Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, was in Madrid to brief Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Foreign Minister Josep Borrell on the progress in the Brexit negotiations. "It's rhetoric, not reality, and it can't be allowed to happen".

Speaking to the Financial Times, she said: "They are not capable of governing.We're either going to have a general election in the autumn or we're going to have it in the spring..."

Brooks said the risk of a "no-deal Brexit" is "so huge, I would not rule out the possibility of a snap election in the United Kingdom before Christmas", on December 25.

The economy will grow around 1.5 percent this year, the International Monetary Fund said.

It is a stark warning to many, and the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, acknowledged that the country needs to take notice of the IMF's analysis. As part of the EU, Britain now enjoys the freedom of goods, services, money and people to move across borders with 27 other countries in the region.

Mrs May also warned that the only alternative to Parliament passing her proposals would be no-deal.

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The scientific community is calling on her government to retain a close association with European science, in the form of a "closest possible associate membership" within the overall deal with the EU.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary, has once again attacked Mrs May's Chequers plan describing it as a "spectacular political auto crash".

"If the Chequers Plan is not acceptable as a basis for that, then the Government will need to find a different approach urgently". One of the biggest problems is how to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Mr Johnson has backed proposals by the pro-Brexit European Research Group that physical checks can be done away from the border, without keeping the United Kingdom or Northern Ireland tied to EU customs rules.

But Labour MP and leader of Labour Leave said that the Mayor's call is an "attack on democracy".

Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg told LBC the prime minister should "try a bit harder" to get a better deal.

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But he faced criticism from Environment Secretary Michael Gove who said that it was "interesting and troubling that he [Khan] wants to frustrate the vote we had in 2016".

Britain is due to leave the European Union in March next year but London and Brussels have yet to strike a deal to secure a transition period.

According to a Comres survey, 50% of British adults feel the overall impact will be negative, whereas 41% think it will be positive.

The Daily Mail's print edition, seen as important political indicator for Theresa May's government, is now being edited by Geordie Greig, a former remainer who has signalled his intention to support a soft Brexit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday gave the first major indication that immigration rules for non-EU citizens such as Indians are set to be closely aligned with those for European Union nationals once Britain has left the economic bloc by next year.

BBC Panorama, Inside No 10: Deal or No Deal? is on Monday 17 September at 20:30 BST on BBC One as part of a week of in-depth coverage across the BBC to mark Brexit: Six Months to Go.

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