Sadiq Khan tears into Brexit and demands UK urgently rejoins EU single market - 'I simply can't keep quiet'

The London Mayor criticised the Government's approach to Brexit and its relationship with Europe.
The London Mayor criticised the Government's approach to Brexit and its relationship with Europe.

The London Mayor also took a swipe at Sir Keir Starmer, attacking him for his stance on leaving the EU

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Sadiq Khan has torn into what he is calling the Government’s “denial” over the damage caused by Brexit.

In a speech on Thursday, the Mayor of London is set to call for the UK to have more alignment with Europe and for Britain to rejoin the single market.

He will say: “I simply can’t keep quiet about the immense damage Brexit is doing.

“Ministers seem to have developed selective amnesia when it comes to one of the root causes of our problems.

“Brexit can’t be airbrushed out of history or the consequences wished away.

“After two years of denial and avoidance, we must now confront the hard truth: Brexit isn’t working.

“It’s weakened our economy, fractured our union and diminished our reputation. But, crucially, not beyond repair.

“We need greater alignment with our European neighbours – a shift from this extreme, hard Brexit we have now to a workable version that serves our economy and people.

“That includes having a pragmatic debate about the benefits of being a part of the customs union and the single market.”

Sir Keir Starmer has been criticised for his calls to "make Brexit work".
Sir Keir Starmer has been criticised for his calls to "make Brexit work".

The speech also hits out at Sir Keir Starmer and his calls to “make Brexit work”.

Responding, Downing Street said the UK Government’s position has not changed.

Asked whether Rishi Sunak agreed with Khan’s call for a discussion on rejoining the European single market, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “It is not one I’ve put to him.

“But no, our position has not changed.

“The British people set out their view back in 2016 and the Government is busy enacting.”