Brexit news: Gove hits back at London Mayor Sadiq Khan over Brexit rerun calls | UK | News

hit back at the London Mayor after he came out in support of a vote on the final terms of the deal Theresa May strikes with the European Union. 

The frontbench Brexiteer insisted the British Government has to respect the vote of the 17.4 million Britons who voted to leave the bloc in 2016 and ignore calls for a new referendum.

Speaking to The Andrew Marr Show, Mr Gove said: “When you had Sadiq Khan on earlier, it was interesting and troubling that he wants, essentially, to frustrate the vote that we had two and a half years ago.

“People voted clearly, 17.4 million people voted to leave the European Union, and Sadiq is essentially saying ‘stop, let’s delay the whole process, let’s throw it into chaos.’ I think that would be a profound mistake.”

Writing in The Observer, claimed evidence signalling Brexit would “result in fewer jobs, less prosperity and a reduced role for Britain on the world stage” had become “irrefutable,” urging the Prime Minister to organise a second referendum.

But Mr Gove argued Mrs May must “honour what the British people wanted,” saying her Chequers proposal would deliver on the demands of Leave voters.

He continued: “My message is, we must ensure we honour what the British people wanted us to do in that referendum vote and that means leaving the European Union.

“The proposals that the Government have put forward is the only proposal on the table which answers in detail of the concerns the people have and, at the same time, it challenges the European Union to say ‘what will your response be?’”

He added: “So far, we have heard from individual European politicians who have acknowledged there has been flexibility on the part of the British Government and compromise.”

Mr Khan, a former Labour MP for Tooting and staunch Remainer, argued there were only two possible outcomes in the Brexit talks: a bad deal or “no deal” at all, which he claimed would be even worse.

He said: “Both these scenarios are a million miles from what was promised during the referendum campaign, only further exposing the lies and mistruths sold to the public.

“They are both incredibly risky and I don’t believe Theresa May has the mandate to gamble so flagrantly with the British economy and people’s livelihoods.”

Although Mr Khan said he respected the will of the British people, he said could not accept Mrs May’s botched negotiations – a point of view shared by many Brexiteers who fear her Brexit would fail to meet the demands of Leave supporters. 

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