London mayor Sadiq Khan calls for second Brexit vote

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"Brexit negotiations are ongoing and there are positive signs but, for there to be an agreement, the prime minister will need to deliver on her December and March commitments of no hard Border, no physical infrastructure, and no related checks or controls", he told the Irish Independent. On the other hand, non-EU countries like India are subject to a strict visa regime and quotas under specific categories.

Khan expressed his views on Brexit and the called for a second referendum in an article that he wrote for Observer.

"The message from the British people was very simple".

The London Mayor explained that with negotiations in disarray and the very real prospect of a "no deal" Brexit - which would be disastrous for Britain, he now believed that the British people should also be given a say on whatever Brexit Theresa May's government managed to negotiate with the other European Union member states.

"The people of Northern Ireland deserve to be listened to in these negotiations by the United Kingdom government as people elsewhere in this country", she said.

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

But many business chiefs and investors fear politics could scupper an agreement, thrusting the world's fifth largest economy into a "no-deal" Brexit that they say would weaken the West, spook financial markets and block the arteries of trade.

Part of the reason behind the Prime Minister's hopes that a Brexit deal could be reached, is that the European Union has said it wants to "de-dramatise" the Northern Ireland border issue, now one of the biggest sticking points in Brexit negotiations.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde poured cold water on that notion Monday, saying "all the likely Brexit scenarios will have costs for the United Kingdom economy".

What has changed is a shift away from discussion of checks on goods passing through Northern Ireland's border with Ireland to a discussion of the mechanisms for checking goods travelling between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

A "no-deal" would mean that Britain would exit the European Union without a transition period. May has told the BBC in an interview scheduled for broadcast Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, that she gets "irritated" by the debate over her leadership during Brexit negotiations.

The Prime Minister said that unless Conservative MPs accept the outcome of her negotiations with Brussels, "the alternative to that will be having no deal".

However, the plan faced criticism from within her own party, and triggered the resignation of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who recently referred to her plans as a "suicide vest".

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.

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