Photos: Brexit fatigue sets on London high street as deadlines drag on

Prime Minister Boris Johnson once said he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than ask for a delay to the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline, which is already the third such cut-off date. But now it looks like he will need more time. For many voters in Streatham, the strongest pro-Remain vote in Britain and which Londoners claim is Europe's longest high street, leaving the EU is just as worrying a prospect as it was when the referendum was held in June 2016.

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A man sits on his own with a pint of beer in The Holland Tringham J D Wetherspoon pub on Streatham High Road in south London, England. Three years and four months after British voters shocked the world by deciding to become the first country to leave the EU, the nation remains divided on how, or even whether, to do it. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

A man sits on his own with a pint of beer in The Holland Tringham J D Wetherspoon pub on Streatham High Road in south London, England. Three years and four months after British voters shocked the world by deciding to become the first country to leave the EU, the nation remains divided on how, or even whether, to do it. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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Florist Bill Elliott, 56, drinks a cup of tea with friend Shirley Williams whilst waiting for customers. For many voters in Streatham, leaving the EU is just as worrying a prospect as it was when the referendum was held in June 2016. For Bill Elliott, who has sold flowers on the streets of London since he was 13, the promise of Brexit is fading. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

Florist Bill Elliott, 56, drinks a cup of tea with friend Shirley Williams whilst waiting for customers. For many voters in Streatham, leaving the EU is just as worrying a prospect as it was when the referendum was held in June 2016. For Bill Elliott, who has sold flowers on the streets of London since he was 13, the promise of Brexit is fading. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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Elliott relies on flowers shipped to Britain from growers in the Netherlands to sell to his customers on a corner of Streatham High Road, which people in the South London neighbourhood claim is Europe’s longest high street. “I’ve given up on it slightly, to be honest. It’s gone on so long,” Elliott, a Leave supporter, said. “It looks like we’d take any deal now just to get it done.” (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

Elliott relies on flowers shipped to Britain from growers in the Netherlands to sell to his customers on a corner of Streatham High Road, which people in the South London neighbourhood claim is Europe’s longest high street. “I’ve given up on it slightly, to be honest. It’s gone on so long,” Elliott, a Leave supporter, said. “It looks like we’d take any deal now just to get it done.” (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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A poster in support of a second referendum at a residential building on Streatham. A no-deal Brexit, with Britain leaving the EU without a transition deal to soften the economic shock, might cause short-term disruption to the capital’s wholesale markets. Prime Minister Boris Johnson once said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for a delay to the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline --already the third such cut-off. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

A poster in support of a second referendum at a residential building on Streatham. A no-deal Brexit, with Britain leaving the EU without a transition deal to soften the economic shock, might cause short-term disruption to the capital’s wholesale markets. Prime Minister Boris Johnson once said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for a delay to the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline --already the third such cut-off. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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A man has his hair cut by a barber in Savvas Barbers shop on Streatham High Road. For many voters in Streatham, leaving the EU is just as worrying a prospect as it was when the referendum was held in June 2016. Much of the area lies within the borough of Lambeth where nearly four in five voters backed staying in, the strongest pro-Remain vote in Britain reflecting Streatham’s multi-cultural population. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

A man has his hair cut by a barber in Savvas Barbers shop on Streatham High Road. For many voters in Streatham, leaving the EU is just as worrying a prospect as it was when the referendum was held in June 2016. Much of the area lies within the borough of Lambeth where nearly four in five voters backed staying in, the strongest pro-Remain vote in Britain reflecting Streatham’s multi-cultural population. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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Judith Perez talks to a colleague in the charity shop Give a Little. Perez, who was born in Spain but has lived in Britain since she was a child, worries that Brexit would diminish the opportunities for younger British people who might want to study and work in other European countries. She said several of her friends had left the city for Berlin, Barcelona and Spain since the referendum. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

Judith Perez talks to a colleague in the charity shop Give a Little. Perez, who was born in Spain but has lived in Britain since she was a child, worries that Brexit would diminish the opportunities for younger British people who might want to study and work in other European countries. She said several of her friends had left the city for Berlin, Barcelona and Spain since the referendum. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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A group of Jehovah’s Witnesses promote their faith on Streatham High Road. “It’s not perfect, the euro (zone), of course. There is high unemployment,” Perez said. “But you’re part of something. I remember how things were here when I first came here. It wasn’t great. It’s much better now. We are going backwards, not forwards.” (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

A group of Jehovah’s Witnesses promote their faith on Streatham High Road. “It’s not perfect, the euro (zone), of course. There is high unemployment,” Perez said. “But you’re part of something. I remember how things were here when I first came here. It wasn’t great. It’s much better now. We are going backwards, not forwards.” (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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For Kafele Fairman, 54, who moved to London aged 16 from Jamaica, Brexit comes with a different worry - the fear of racist discrimination on the back of tougher border controls. “As black people travelling, we have enough problems as it is,” she said while enjoying a glass of Prosecco on an outside table of a bar in the sunshine on the high street. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

For Kafele Fairman, 54, who moved to London aged 16 from Jamaica, Brexit comes with a different worry - the fear of racist discrimination on the back of tougher border controls. “As black people travelling, we have enough problems as it is,” she said while enjoying a glass of Prosecco on an outside table of a bar in the sunshine on the high street. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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In one of Streatham’s churches, rector Anna Norman-Walker said people in her congregation held different political views but their Christian belief in a shared humanity remained undimmed by Brexit. “Living in Streatham, we have a lovely, ecumenical, diverse community and people feel sad that the world seems to be scurrying back to individual little corners and pulling up the drawbridge,” she said. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

In one of Streatham’s churches, rector Anna Norman-Walker said people in her congregation held different political views but their Christian belief in a shared humanity remained undimmed by Brexit. “Living in Streatham, we have a lovely, ecumenical, diverse community and people feel sad that the world seems to be scurrying back to individual little corners and pulling up the drawbridge,” she said. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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Shop worker Brian Watkins, 58, checks stock at ADS One hardware store on Streatham High Road. Watkins said he voted to leave but now feels that he was lied to about how much money Britain would save as a result, one of the main claims of the Leave campaign. He, like most people in Britain, said he had no idea what the outcome of Brexit would be, with members of parliament as deadlocked as ever over the way forward. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

Shop worker Brian Watkins, 58, checks stock at ADS One hardware store on Streatham High Road. Watkins said he voted to leave but now feels that he was lied to about how much money Britain would save as a result, one of the main claims of the Leave campaign. He, like most people in Britain, said he had no idea what the outcome of Brexit would be, with members of parliament as deadlocked as ever over the way forward. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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Handwritten advertisements for rooms to let are placed inside the window of a newsagents. “It looks like it will be going on for another three months and who knows, perhaps another six or seven after that,” Watkins said. “We might as well stay in. The MPs aren’t going to let us out, are they?” (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

Handwritten advertisements for rooms to let are placed inside the window of a newsagents. “It looks like it will be going on for another three months and who knows, perhaps another six or seven after that,” Watkins said. “We might as well stay in. The MPs aren’t going to let us out, are they?” (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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