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Brexit: London must move fast to take more power – Sadiq Khan

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 11:40 GMT, Jun 28, 2016 |
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London mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday (June 28) called for the city to be given more autonomy to allow it to ride out the economic uncertainty unleashed by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

While Britons voted 52 to 48 percent to leave the bloc last week, London overwhelmingly backed remaining. Since then, more than 175,000 people have signed an online petition calling for London to become an independent city-state.

“On behalf of all Londoners I am demanding more autonomy for the capital right now,” Sadiq Khan said at a meeting of business leaders and executives in the city.

“As much as I like the idea of a London city-state I’m not seriously talking about independence today. You’ll be pleased to know I’m not planning to blockade the M25,” Khan said, referring to the motorway encircling London.

Khan, who campaigned for Britain to stay in the EU, is seeking devolution of tax raising powers, as well as more control over areas including business, transport, housing and planning, health and policing.

The mayor also said that the United Kingdom must remain a member of the European single-market in negotiations with the bloc.