The Daily Update - Calls for a Second Brexit Vote Mount

In a move that will put pressure on both the Labour leadership and the path the opposition party takes to the current Brexit negotiations, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has called for the British public to be given another vote on whether the United Kingdom stays in the EU. The Prime Minister’s handling of the current talks has become ‘mired in confusion and deadlock’ he says.  Khan believes that as things stand, there are now only two possible outcomes for Britain in the current negotiations, either a no-deal scenario, so a hard Brexit, or in his opinion, the UK signs up to a bad deal, both of which are ‘incredibly risky’.

In an article over the weekend, Khan wrote ‘After careful consideration, I’ve decided the people must get a final say. This means a public vote on any deal or a vote on a no deal, alongside the option of staying in the EU’. Khan stated that he believed that a second vote was ‘never inevitable’ or ‘something I ever thought I’d have to call for’. However, he believes ‘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’.

Naturally, the idea of a second Brexit vote has not gone down well with leading Brexiteers, especially those in the Conservative party. Michael Gove, the Environment secretary, who was one of the key figures in the leave campaign two years ago, dismissed the idea. ‘People voted clearly - 17.4 million people voted to leave the European Union - and Sadiq is essentially saying ‘Stop, let’s delay that whole process, let’s throw it into chaos’ and I think that would be a profound mistake’ Gove believes, adding ‘The Chequers approach is the right one for now because we have got to make sure that we respect that vote and take advantage of the opportunities of being outside the European Union’.

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