Sadiq Khan accused of ignoring London’s problems as he jets off to Brussels to lobby EU over Brexit

SADIQ Khan was today accused of ignoring his day job as London Mayor – as he jets off to Brussels to lobby the EU on Brexit.

The Labour Mayor is meeting top Eurocrat Michel Barnier in a bid to persuade him Brexit will end up being reversed.

Sadiq Khan has been accused of neglecting London
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Critics called on him to concentrate on bringing down crime and fixing London’s budget problems instead of grandstanding in Brussels.

Mr Khan is a leading backer of the People’s Vote campaign to get a second referendum.

He helped lead a march through London last week where nearly 700,000 activists demanding a rerun of the 2016 vote.

The Mayor has previously visited Brussels to lobby European Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker and other senior Eurocrats.

The London Mayor speaking at an anti-Brexit march last weekend
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But opposition politicians accused him of wasting his time by focusing on an issue he has little power to influence.

London is facing increasing levels of violent crime – while young residents are locked out of the housing market thanks to sky-high prices.

Gareth Bacon, leader of the London Tories, told The Sun: “This latest jaunt to Brussels shows that this EU-obsessed Mayor is increasingly spending his time trying to influence Brexit – something which is firmly outside of his remit.

“At the same time, crime is going through the roof in our capital, Transport for London is in deep financial trouble and the homes Londoners need are simply not being built.

“Rather than massaging his own ego and pretending to be a big player on the world stage, Londoners desperately need the Mayor to get back to the day job.

“Having pledged his support for a second referendum, it is clear that Sadiq Khan wants to frustrate the will of the people and stop Brexit.”

Mr Khan is meeting the EU’s Brexit envoy Michel Barnier

Mr Khan insisted he is right to push for a soft Brexit because of the impact quitting the EU will have on the capital.

A spokesman said: “The Mayor makes absolutely no apologies for doing everything possible to protect jobs and growth in London throughout the Brexit negotiations – Londoners would expect nothing less.

“Given the huge risk we face of a bad deal or a No Deal Brexit, Sadiq believes we should take this crucial issue out of the hands of the politicians and return it to the people across the country so that they can take back control.”

Yesterday pro-EU party leaders including Vince Cable visited Mr Barnier to push for a second referendum.

They said: “In a constructive hour-long meeting with Michel Barnier, we emphasised that there is a cross-party resistance in Westminster to the destructive Brexit being pursued by the Tories.

“We also pointed out that this is being waved through by the Labour frontbench, but no majority exists in Parliament for the current Brexit trajectory.”

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