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London must have seat at EU negotiating table: London Major

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:04 GMT, Jun 26, 2016 |
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The Mayor of London said on Saturday (June 25) that the UK’s capital city must have a “seat around the table” at negotiations over Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Sadiq Khan said that London should be involved in talks to ensure there is access to the single market and safeguard trade, jobs and investment.

The UK’s decision to exit Brussels could hit investment in the world’s fifth-largest economy, threaten London’s role as a global financial capital and usher in months of political uncertainty.

Alongside Scotland, the majority of voters in London voted to remain in the EU.

“London was the one region in England that voted to remain in the EU, decisively so. A 60 percent of Londoners voted to remain. We’re clearly disappointed that around the country, the country decided to leave the EU. Our country is split,” said Khan.

He defended the leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, who has been criticised by some lawmakers who say he did not campaign hard enough in support of EU membership, and had failed to convince millions of voters in the party’s heartlands to back “Remain”.

“Well, I’ve been working my socks off for the last seven weeks trying to persuade Londoners to remain in the EU and I’m really proud that 60 percent of Londoners voted to remain in the EU. What’s really important is over the next few days and weeks we bring people together, we heal the rifts we saw during the campaign,” Khan said.

Hours after the 52 to 48 percent vote in favour of Brexit, or a British exit, which triggered financial and political turmoil across the globe, two lawmakers submitted a motion of no confidence in him. Others have also called for his resignation.

“Well, to be fair to Jeremy Corbyn, he’s been going around the country arguing the case why, if you care about workers’ rights, we need to remain in the European Union. We’ve got to accept the result though, the result is that 52 percent of the country voted to leave the EU. And it’s not for me as the Mayor to get involved in discussions in parliament amongst Labour MPs,” Khan said.