The Mayor of London is calling for a second vote on Brexit after the British people already decided to exit the European Union in democratic vote during June of 2016.
“The British people should get the final say on Brexit. Retweet if you agree,” said Sadiq Khan who is politically liberal and part of Britain’s Labour Party.
The British people should get the final say on Brexit. Retweet if you agree. pic.twitter.com/naHVcw0BKB
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) October 7, 2018
But the people already had the final say, and they voted “Leave.” It was the same type of right-wing populism in Britain that voted to exit the bureaucratic EU in favor of a more “Britain-first” approach to governance that would later propel President Donald J. Trump to victory in November of 2016. Indeed, populism and nationalism are trending worldwide.
Khan echoed his call for a second referendum only weeks after publicly announcing this position in an op-ed, and winning enough support within his party to run for re-election in 2020.
“People didn’t vote to leave the EU to make themselves poorer, to watch their businesses suffer, to have NHS wards understaffed, to see the police preparing for civil unrest or for our national security to be put at risk if our cooperation with the EU in the fight against terrorism is weakened,” Khan said in the piece.
But none of that has actually happened. All of the negative externalities listed by Khan are pure speculation, considering that the British government has yet to give in to the demands of the people and actually leave the European Union. Instead, they have stalled at every turn, hoping to force a second referendum.
And Khan is dutifully playing his part in ignoring the will of the “Leave” voters.
“Another public vote on Brexit was never inevitable, or something I ever thought I’d have to call for. But 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,” he said.
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