Mayor of London Sadiq Khan calls for another Brexit referendum

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan calls for another Brexit referendum

Ruth Lea, an economist with Arbuthnot Banking Group and a Brexit advocate, accused the International Monetary Fund of joining a new round of "Project Fear", a term Brexit supporters use for pre-referendum warnings of the economic consequences of a Leave vote.

"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".

There is feeling around Westminster and Brussels that a Brexit deal could be within touching distance.

The idea was immediately rejected by May, the report said.

The Prime Minister has faced growing pressure over her Brexit plan - which has come to be dubbed as the "Chequers Plan" (after the location at which it was forged) that would result in Britain maintaining a common rulebook for goods, including agricultural products, with the European Union after Brexit.

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves the stage after delivering a speech at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 24, 2018.

That would see goods tracked using a barcode and undergo customs checks on ferries or on arrival at factories, according to a separate report in the Financial Times.

"If we are to get out of this mess, and get the great British motor back on track, then we need to understand the Irish backstop, and how it is being used to coerce the United Kingdom into becoming a vassal state of Brussels".

But with time running out for London and Brussels to thrash out a deal, Britain is preparing plans for a no-deal Brexit.

Johnson scolded May for her handling of the Brexit negotiations on the future of the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, the only land border between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Brexit.

Ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis and Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson both quit May's Cabinet in July out of opposition to her plan.

"Do we really think... that if parliament was to say, "No, go back and get a better one", do we really think the European Union is going to give a better deal at that point?" she said.

May will meet EU leaders in Salzburg on Wednesday and Thursday, as she seeks a breakthrough in talks on the Brexit divorce and the future UK-EU trading relationship. "The pressures this causes means that we have to turn away qualified doctors, teachers, and entrepreneurs from non-EU countries who would make a positive contribution to this country".

She was also critical of a plan by Brexiteers to resolve the Irish border issue, saying it would create a "hard border 20km inside Ireland".

May admitted in a BBC interview to be broadcast on Monday that she gets "irritated" by the debate over her leadership during the hard negotiations.

"Countries depend on reputation for their science because we live in a global marketplace for talent and if we are perceived as an open society, that's welcoming to the best of world, then that enhances science and that is good for everybody", said Prof Venki.

Consumers of the print edition of the relentlessly pro-Brexit Daily Express were the most upbeat about the chances of Britain striking a good deal.

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