The Mayor of London is calling on the Government to withdraw Article 50 to “stop the clock” and allow for more time for a solution to Brexit.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said Prime Minister Theresa May was unlikely to win the Commons vote on her Brexit deal, and wants action to be taken to prevent the UK “crashing out” of the EU without a deal.

Mr Khan visited Dublin today to meet the Irish President Michael Higgins in a bid to protect business interests with Ireland.

He said: “The worst possible outcome – which remains a grave concern given the political uncertainty in Westminster – is that the UK leaves the EU with no Brexit deal at all.

“In my view, the prospect – the very notion – of a no-deal Brexit must be taken off the table by the British Government.

“That’s why – today – I’m calling on Theresa May to withdraw Article 50 if the British Parliament rejects her deal next week, which is looking extremely likely.

“It would stop the clock that is ticking down towards a no-deal Brexit, and it would provide the breathing space to decide how we resolve this mess.”

If Article 50 is withdrawn it would allow time for a General Election or public vote to be held so the country can decide what course of action to take and minimise the risk of a no-deal Brexit.

Earlier this week, the Advocate General at the European Court of Justice confirmed that it is possible for the UK to withdraw Article 50 if it wishes.

But Conservative London Assembly member Gareth Bacon hit out at Mr Khan.

He said: “More people voted for Brexit than voted for anything else in our country’s history and more people in London voted for Brexit than voted for Khan.

“By attempting to delay and even stop Brexit, the Mayor is brazenly trying to defy the will of the British people.”