Letter to the London Evening Standard:
I voted to remain.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote on Friday in the immediate aftermath of the Referendum vote "I will be pushing the Government to ensure remaining in the single market is a cornerstone of the negotiations with the EU over the months ahead," 'Don't panic- London will continue to be a great successful city,'24 June).
Given that at the moment there is no identifiable Government to lobby, so that makes it difficult. But Mr Khan's proposition is also illogical.
It seems very clear one of the big reasons the majority voted for BREXIT is their concerns over uncontrolled inward migration. It is not possible to be in the Single Market for trade in goods and services without agreeing to the free movement of labour. As a lawyer and former minister, surely Mr Khan must know this.
And there is absolutely no prospect of the other 27 EU governments agreeing to the UK having the benefits of participation in the Single Market without abiding by its core rules.
Think again Mr Mayor!