Brexit vot­ers want new mayor

Pe­ti­tion to re­move Khan from post signed by thou­sands of peo­ple

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

A PE­TI­TION to re­move Sadiq Khan as Mayor of Lon­don has been signed by thou­sands as Brexit vot­ers in the cap­i­tal push for Ar­ti­cle 50 to be trig­gered.

A to­tal of 44,493 sig­na­tures are on the pe­ti­tion, which ar­gues against Lon­don hav­ing ties with the Euro­pean Union when ‘the coun­try voted out’.

Matthew Lee, from Cum­bria, who set up the pe­ti­tion, said Lon­don is the cap­i­tal of the coun­try and should back a hard Brexit, un­like the mayor who wants to ne­go­ti­ate with the EU and cre­ate ex­cep­tions for the city.

He wrote: “Re­main sup­port­ers are try­ing to cre­ate civil un­rest in the UK and by ask­ing for Lon­don to be an in­de­pen­dent state, it shows the lack of un­der­stand­ing of why we have a north and south di­vide here in the UK.

“Lon­don is the cap­i­tal city of the United King­dom and not the Euro­pean Union and there­fore Sadiq Khan needs to be re­moved as Mayor of Lon­don.

“He said it was ‘cru­cial that Lon­don has a voice at the ta­ble dur­ing those rene­go­ti­a­tions’, then so should the rest of the cities across the United King­dom.”

The pe­ti­tion, which be­gan sev­eral months ago, has re- emerged as MPs voted on trig­ger­ing Ar­ti­cle 50 on Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 1, the first process.

West Lon­don MPs voted both for and against trig­ger­ing Ar­ti­cle 50, al­though votes swayed to­wards against due to Lon­don vot­ing over­whelm­ingly to re­main.

Al­though Sadiq Khan ac­tively cam­paigned along­side Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn in the run up to the EU Ref­er­en­dum, he has since said Lon­don must fo­cus on get­ting the best deal for it­self and for the coun­try’s econ­omy.

One pro­posal which has al­ready been dis­cussed in City Hall is a Lon­don-only visa for mi­grants, al­though the lo­gis­tics are yet to be de­bated.

In re­sponse to the pe­ti­tion a state­ment from City Hall said: “Sadiq cam­paigned for Bri­tain to re­main in the Euro­pean Union but re­spects the demo­cratic will of the peo­ple.

It went on to say: “He is de­ter­mined to se­cure the best pos­si­ble deal for Lon­don from the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions – be­cause when Lon­don flour­ishes, so does the rest of the coun­try.”

Al­though the Mayor openly cam­paigned to re­main part of the EU, he has said the city must look for­ward and ac­cept the vote.

PRES­SURE: Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan

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