The pro-Remain London Mayor said the “last thing” that the UK needs is “more chaos and uncertainty” during the coronavirus crisis.
Mr Khan said: “No one anticipated when voting for Brexit that the key negotiations would take place at a time when all governments are rightly focused on fighting a global pandemic.
“The last thing the country needs as it tries to find a way back from the devastation wreaked by coronavirus is more chaos and uncertainty.
“I urge the Government to put political ideology aside and pursue the pragmatic route of seeking an extension to the negotiations so that our European partners and we can focus on recovery from Covid-19.”
The U.K. has until the end of the year to seek a trade free deal. Britain is in a transition period with Brussels meaning the EU’s rules are followed by the UK, without having a say at the table, while paying billions into their coffers.
Little progress was made in the most recent round of negotiations, although trade talks have been ongoing remotely throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Key sticking points include fishing arrangements and the EU’s demand for a level playing field.
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