Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Sadiq Khan claims London's police are preparing for "civil unrest" after Brexit

Sadiq Khan claims London's police are preparing for

This comes against the backdrop of the fact that Prime Minister Theresa May is yet to get approval for her Brexit plans.

In clips of the interview broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday, she said that if the agreement had not been accepted, the United Kingdom might have broken up.

The fate of May's government and her Brexit plan is in doubt because it is unclear whether she could command the 320 votes she needs in the House of Commons, the lower house of the British parliament, to approve a deal. We will bring that back from the European Union negotiations and put that to parliament.

Speaking to BBC's Andrew Marr earlier today, he said: "Let me tell you the facts, which are that the police now are preparing for the possibility of civil unrest".

"People didn't vote to leave the European Union to make themselves poorer, to watch their businesses suffer, to have NHS wards understaffed, to see the police preparing for civil unrest or for our national security to be put at risk if our cooperation with the European Union in the fight against terrorism is weakened", he wrote in Sunday's Observer.

"I very much hope and pray that there will be a deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom", she told reporters. "Either the United Kingdom stays in the single market and the customs union - effectively in the EU - that would have betrayed the vote of the British people", she said.

Britain is to due to leave the European Union at the end of March, but Khan warned the country now faces two "incredibly risky" options ― both of which could have devastating impacts on the economy and people's living standards. Both of those were unacceptable to the UK. "It unblocked the negotiations".

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Khan also criticised his predecessor as London mayor, Boris Johnson, for prioritising political ambitions over the interests of the country.

May also insisted no other plan on the table would ensure "frictionless" trade in Ireland. You don't solve the issue of no hard border by having a hard border 20km inside Northern Ireland, or 20km inside Ireland.

The Environment Secretary said that while the blueprint was "the right one for now", a future prime minister would have the power to "alter the relationship".

"What we've done is listen to the people of Northern Ireland ..."

"I don't want manufacturers to feel that they've got to operate under all sorts of different rules, because that complicates life for them and that potentially means business leaving this country", she said.

May has proposed that Britain follow European Union rules in trade in goods after Brexit, to protect manufacturing supply lines and avoid a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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