Sadiq Khan humiliation: London mayor’s bid to ‘keep city in EU’ after Brexit laid bare

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The transition period of the Brexit process is coming to a close. There are now less than six months until the UK will be relieved of all economic ties to the EU. In the most recent development, a series of adverts are set to hit UK TV screens this week highlighting the changes surrounding holidays that will be introduced post-Brexit.

It will be part of the Government’s “UK’s new start: let’s get going” campaign that will be run across most media platforms, including TV, radio, online, print and billboards.

Britons living in the EU will be given advice as well as EU citizens living in the UK.

Businesses within the EU and UK will also be provided with more information on how to prepare for the end of the transition period – December 31.

Yet, many Remainers in the early stages of the Brexit process suggested that certain areas of the UK might be exempt from the nationwide rules.

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, was a leading proponent of the now botched idea.

In 2017, Mr Khan was lampooned on social media after he called for the capital to be given special treatment after Brexit.

He reasoned that the capital should be allowed to remain in the single market and customs union.

Mr Khan had, at the time, seized on the implications of a leaked document which suggested the UK had agreed to grant Northern Ireland special status to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.

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According to the document, the Government was prepared “in the absence of agreed solutions” to ensure “continued regulatory alignment” in Northern Ireland.

In response, Mr Khan said in a tweet that this presented “huge ramifications” for London’s relationship with the EU.

He wrote: “Huge ramifications for London if Theresa May has conceded that it’s possible for part of the UK to remain within the single market and customs union after Brexit.

“Londoners overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU and a similar deal here could protect tens of thousands of jobs.”


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Many were quick to point out that Mr Khan’s plans could throw up customs posts between the British capital and the rest of the country.

Several joked that Britain could eventually see the “hard border” being erected on the M25 motorway, on the outskirts of London.

One person wrote: “Hard border along the M25? Traffic is bad enough already.”

Another said: “I would like a 10ft radius of wherever I am to also remain within the single market and customs union, please.”

The Northern Ireland question was a complex issue that miffed politicians.

The country shares a border with the Republic of Ireland which is part of the EU.

The UK and EU agreed this should not lead to new checks or controls on goods crossing the border between the two parts of Ireland.

To achieve this, Northern Ireland will continue to follow EU rules on agricultural and manufactured goods, while the rest of the UK will not.

Additionally, the whole of the UK will leave the EU’s customs union but Northern Ireland will continue to enforce the EU’s customs code at its ports.

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