During a government dinner at Mansion House, London Mayor Sadiq Khan criticised the UK Government’s “denial” of the “immense damage” Brexit is causing the nation.
The Labour Mayor argued that Britain should move closer to Europe, but his remarks were met with widespread criticism.
Mr Khan told City leaders: “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.”
He added: “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.”
Longtime Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe slammed Mr Khan’s calls, telling that the mayor was “on very dangerous ground”. He also warned against dragging the UK back into line with the European Union.
In response to Mr Khan’s remarks, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman stated, “The British people set out their view back in 2016, and the Government is busy enacting.”