William Eichler 10 December 2018

Mayor Khan calls for withdrawal of Article 50

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on the Government to withdraw Article 50 to protect the capital’s economy from the effects of Brexit.

Speaking to business leaders in Dublin last Thursday, Mayor Khan insisted that a no-deal scenario would be ‘the worst possible outcome for London’.

He said that withdrawing Article 50 would allow time for a General Election or a public vote to be held so the country can decide what course it wants to take.

The Advocate General at the European Court of Justice confirmed last week that it is possible for the UK to stop the countdown to Brexit.

‘The worst possible outcome – which remains a grave concern given the political uncertainty in Westminster - is that the UK leaves the EU with no Brexit deal at all,’ the Mayor said.

‘This would not only be devastating for London’s economy, but would actually hurt businesses and economies across Europe – including here in Dublin – and increase the chance of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

‘In my view, the prospect – the very notion – of a no-deal Brexit must be taken off the table by the British Government.

‘It’s just too dangerous to leave as a possibility.’

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