Sadiq Khan pushes for ‘pragmatic debate’ on reintegrating EU single market

Sadiq Khan pushes for ‘pragmatic debate’ on reintegrating EU single market

Sadiq Khan pushes for ‘pragmatic debate’ on reintegrating EU single market

The progressive anti-Brexit Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called again for a “pragmatic” debate in Britain on the subject of reintegration into the EU’s single market, with its associated free movement regime.

Sadiq Khan, the left-wing mayor of London, has demanded a “pragmatic” debate in Britain on the subject of reintegration into the European Union’s single market.

It comes as many figures, even within Khan’s Labor Party, have given up on any aspiration to reverse Brexit – officially, at least – with Opposition Leader Sir Keir Starmer saying he will ‘make the Brexit work’. Brexit” if the party takes power.

Such an approach does not seem to interest the Mayor of London, however, with the politician once again calling for a debate on the reintegration of a key EU institution.

“Ministers appear to have developed selective amnesia regarding one of the root causes of our problems,” Khan said Thursday according to a report by The Telegraph.

“Brexit cannot be erased from history or the desired consequences,” he continued. “We need greater alignment with our European neighbors – a shift from this extreme, hard Brexit we have now to a workable version that serves our economy and our people.”

“It involves having a pragmatic debate about the benefits of being part of the customs union and the single market,” he continued.

Such a move would allow the EU to regain control of Britain’s international trade policy, tariffs, regulatory regime and, to a large extent, its border controls, as free-flow migration is a key pillar of the single market.

Despite Khan’s claim that Brexit is causing “tremendous damage” to Britain, it appears Khan is increasingly drifting into the minority by suggesting that any backtracking on Britain’s exit from the EU would be a good idea.

For example, while the past year for Britain has been far from an economic ride, it has also seen the European Union flounder, partly under the weight of its own green agenda policies, which have contributed to the current energy crisis plaguing the bloc.

These difficulties have even seen some of the UK’s most anti-Brexit figures drop any idea of ​​joining the EU or its single market, with Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, as mentioned earlier, pledging to “make it work Brexit” if elected. future prime minister.

“Trade has gone down because the deal we got is not a very good deal,” he said, criticizing the arrangements put in place by the Conservative government.

“I think we could go from getting Brexit done, which is all we’ve achieved so far, to making Brexit work,” Sir Keir continued.

“But do I think going back to years of contention, years of uncertainty, is going to help our economy? No I do not know. I spent many years after 2016 talking to companies who told me again and again, the hardest thing for us is all the uncertainty.

“That really, for many years, held us back, and I don’t want to go back on that,” he added.

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