Sadiq Khan is no friend of freedom…
- Sadiq Khan has said Labour should make staying in the EU a new party policy
- The Mayor of London believes winning power with it in the manifesto would then ‘trump’ the referendum result and allow Brexit negotiations to cease
- London voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union in last June’s vote
- But it may prompt scepticism the Mayor is posturing to become Labour leader
Sadiq Khan said it could still be possible to ‘trump the referendum’ result by effectively putting it back to the public as a manifesto pledge.
The Mayor has made the intervention at a time his party is in turmoil over its own position, though he has never waivered in his pro-EU stance.
He told the Guardian: ‘For it to have credibility with the British public, there would have to be a Labour manifesto offer, because the public would say, not unreasonably “Hold on a sec, we voted to leave and you’re now sticking two fingers up at us”.
‘What could trump the referendum result is us having a manifesto offer saying we would not leave the EU, or we would have a second referendum.’
The Labour party has been split on Brexit since the referendum last summer, with the leadership, including Jeremy Corbyn saying the result should be respected but other high-level MPs calling for another referendum.
Earlier this week, the opposition party was thrown into disarray as the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell contradicted Mr Corbyn over the single market claiming Labour only wanted the ‘benefits’ of the single market and hinting they could back continued membership.