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Sadiq Khan: It’s time for truth and a second vote on Brexit disaster

We’re facing unprecedented political and economic ­uncertainty. But we know one thing for sure: Brexit is a ­complete disaster that poses a huge risk to our country.

The October 31 deadline is just a few short weeks away. Yet Boris Johnson is still saying he would take us off the cliff edge with a no-deal Brexit.

This would be a catastrophe.

We often hear government ministers talking about how a no-deal Brexit would only lead to “bumps in the road” or “short-term pain”.

But they should remember that they’re talking about real people’s lives and livelihoods.

Those who would be hit the hardest by Brexit, particularly a no-deal Brexit, are not the politicians who are ­promoting it at all costs from the luxury of the television studios.

It would be the poorest in our society, the communities already suffering from austerity. And those who have been ignored and left behind for years.

The truth is Boris Johnson has had months to sort out this mess but has chosen instead to spend most of the time running down the clock.

It now seems unlikely there will be any kind of deal. And even if there is, it’ll be a very bad one.

Unsurprisingly Boris Johnson is ­trying to blame everyone but himself. It’s the judges’ fault. It’s the media’s fault. It’s Europe’s fault. And – of course – Parliament is to blame.

The public won’t be fooled that ­easily. Because it’s clear that party politics and the personal ambitions of one man, Boris Johnson, have ­repeatedly been put ahead of the national interest.

Enough is enough. It’s time to take Brexit out of the hands of this Government and put it back to the British public.

What we’re being offered now is a million miles away from what was promised in 2016.


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