London mayor calls for second referendum on Brexit

London mayor calls for second referendum on Brexit

He said the Irish border backstop was the main sticking point, and called on Ministers to ensure "the continuation of tariff and friction free trade which is so important to the future of our economy".

The Prime Minister said that unless Conservative MPs accept the outcome of her negotiations with Brussels, "the alternative to that will be having no deal".

The UK government and its DUP allies in Northern Ireland say that is unacceptable because it challenges the integrity of the UK by creating a customs border in the Irish sea.

Prime Minister Theresa May told rebels in her divided party that if they torpedoed her Brexit deal then the United Kingdom would leave the European Union without any agreement, a scenario the International Monetary Fund said would make the country much poorer.

"Both versions of the backstop are disastrous". "One threatens the union; the other version - and its close cousin, Chequers - keep us effectively in the EU, as humiliated rules takers".

International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde attends a press conference to mark the publication of the 2018 Article IV assessment of the United Kingdom at the Treasury in central London, Monday Sept. 17, 2018.

European leaders gather in Salzburg, Austria, on Wednesday to try to unlock talks which have stalled for months over how to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit. As part of the EU, Britain now enjoys the freedom of goods, services, money and people to move across borders with 27 other countries in the region.




Prof Venki, who was born in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, and went on to study biology in the U.S. before moving to the United Kingdom 19 years ago, recalled a "fairly simple" process he underwent at the time.

EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Foreing Minister Josep Borrell chat during their meeting at Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, September 17, 2018.

"Fundamental questions - such as the future economic relationship between the two and the closely-related question of the status of the land border with Ireland - remain unanswered", the institution noted in a statement.

"We plan to fight very, very hard to make mobility straight forward, regulations transparent and efficient so that this is less of an issue".

Despite Barnier's upbeat mood, there is, so far, no full exit agreement and some rebels in British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party have threatened to vote down a deal if she clinches one with the EU. There is a political mobilisation in the United Kingdom in this regard.

He added that he believes the effects of Britain's impending withdrawal from the European Union are already being felt in the capital, as "our NHS wards are understaffed" and we are experiencing the "highest vacancy rates in London for mental health nurses, for NHS nurses and for social care".

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