Kate Hoey, the Labour MP for Vauxhall has said that the third of Londoners who voted Leave “always get ignored” as Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announces his support for a second referendum on Brexit.
Ms Hoey told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “Sadiq Khan has done this for various reasons. He has just announced he is standing again for Mayor and he has been reselected to be the candidate, and London has been a very Remain city, though there is a third of Londoners that voted to Leave who always get ignored.
“I just think it is really strange because there have been so many problems in London; knife crime going up, all sorts of issues with Crossrail being late.
“I am surprised Sadiq Khan has got the time to enter into this hugely controversial issue.”
‘I find it so patronising’
Ms Hoey added: “The one thing that united everyone was that they knew they did not want to be in the institutions of the European Union.
“They wanted to get away from the control that the EU had over our laws and over our borders.
“I just find it so patronising really that there is this feeling, particularly in London, particularly in the establishment, that they know best and somehow people did not know this.
“Sadiq knew all this and is feeling so concerned now, then why had he not worked this out two years ago.
“I do think once you get out of London things are very different.”
Across all 33 London boroughs in the capital, 59.9% (2.26 million) voted in favour of remaining in the EU in the 2016 EU referendum.
However, Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Sutton, Havering and Hillingdon were the only areas to support Brexit.
‘Mired in confusion and deadlock’
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London has called for a second referendum on Brexit, as with six months to go before the UK leaves the EU, the Labour politician has said the UK now faced either a “bad deal” or “no deal”.
Writing in The Observer, he said: “In good faith, I’ve given the government every bit of advice and information available to City Hall and every opportunity to strike a deal that would minimise the impact on people’s livelihoods.
“But I’ve become increasingly alarmed as the chaotic approach to the negotiations has become mired in confusion and deadlock, leading us down a path that could be hugely damaging – not only to London, but the whole country.
“The unfortunate reality is that Theresa May has failed to negotiate a Brexit position with her own party – let alone agree a deal with the EU. At every stage, her government has looked unprepared and out of its depth, resulting in a litany of wrong turns.
“And, not for the first time, it seems the debate has become more about Boris Johnson’s political ambitions than what’s good for the country.”