Can London’s first Muslim mayor become President Sadiq?

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LONDON : Tens of thousands of Londoners signed a petition for their metropolis to stay in the European Union on Fri­day, as Mayor Sadiq Khan said the city must have a say in Britain’s exit negotiations.

More than 40,000 peo­ple signed a petition on the change.org website saying: “Declare London independent from the UK and apply to join the EU”.

While Britain voted 52 per­cent in favour of leaving the EU in Thursday’s referendum, 60 percent of Londoners voted for Britain to stay.

“London is an internation­al city, and we want to remain at the heart of Europe,” the pe­tition said.

“Let’s face it — the rest of the country disagrees. So rath­er than passive aggressively vote against each other at ev­ery election, let’s make the di­vorce official and move in with our friends on the continent.

“This petition is calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan to declare London independent, and ap­ply to join the EU,” it said.

Khan himself issued a state­ment on the negotiations for Britain’s departure from the EU.

“It is crucial that London has a voice at the table during those renegotiations, alongside Scotland and Northern Ire­land,” the pro-EU mayor said.

“Although we will be out­side the EU, it is crucial that we remain part of the single market,” he said.

“Leaving the single market of 500 million people — with its free-trade benefits — would be a mistake. I will be pushing the government to ensure this is the cornerstone of the negotia­tions with the EU,” he said.

Another petition entitled “London to remain part of the European Union” gar­nered over 9,000 signatures on change.org, saying the vote to leave the EU was “a vital deci­sion that we don’t agree with.”

A Twitter account @Lon­don_Stays was also quickly set up and many people tweeted under the hashtag #london­stays in the wake of the vote.

“Really hoping we’re just out, not out out,” said Katy 

 

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