London mayor Sadiq Khan pitches for second referendum on Brexit

Jacob Rees
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Objection’ Jacob Rees Mogg and Boris Johnson yesterday PIC GETTY

The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29 and yet little is clear: There is, so far, no full exit agreement and some rebels in May's Conservative Party have threatened to vote down a deal if she clinches one.

In the interview, to be fully aired as part of the BBC " s "Panorama' programme on Monday night in the United Kingdom, the premier also issues an ultimatum to critics who have questioned her strategy on Brexit.

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 will try to persuade her continental counterparts that her Chequers plan does not present a threat to the single market over dinner on Wednesday.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, and Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, arrive at a news conference to mark the publication of the 2018 Article IV assessment of the United Kingdom at the Treasury in London, Britain, September 17, 2018.

"I don't want manufacturers to feel that they've got to operate under all sorts of different rules, because that complicates life for them and that potentially means business leaving this country", she said.

She added that in "reasonably short order", a "no-deal Brexit" would "reduce the size of the United Kingdom economy".

But even if she gets an accord in the coming weeks, it must be signed off on in parliament, where she can only muster a slender majority.

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But many business chiefs and investors fear politics could scupper a deal, thrusting both the European Union and the United Kingdom into a "no-deal" Brexit that they say would weaken the West, panic financial markets and block the arteries of trade.

The India-born scientist, who as president of the UK's Royal Society is the country's key advocate for science, warned that Britain is in danger of losing its position as a leading scientific hub in the event of a no-deal or bad-deal scenario in the ongoing negotiations on the country's future ties with the EU.

European Union officials and diplomats insist that nothing has fundamentally changed on the so called backstop plan for the Irish border to ensure it remains open for people and commerce after Brexit.

Under the plan, goods could be tracked using barcodes on shipping containers for "trusted trader" firms routinely importing and exporting between the two territories.

The Prime Minister delivered the warning to her political opponents - including her ex-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

"The whole thing is a constitutional abomination", Johnson, who has previously compared the plan to a "suicide vest", wrote in The Daily Telegraph.

"It would inevitably have a series of consequences in terms of reduced growth going forward; increased deficit, most likely. and depreciation of the currency", said Lagarde, the IMF's managing director.

"That is a heck of a lot of work", she said.

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