After Brexit vote, mayor rides ‘London independence’ petition; calls for more autonomy, powers for city

After Brexit vote, mayor rides ‘London independence’ petition; calls for more autonomy, powers for city
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. (Image: Screen grab of BBC video, YouTube)

[Ed. – To clarify, Londoners in the city proper voted overwhelmingly to Bremain.  What Mayor Khan wants now is greater autonomy from the British national government, in order to operate in fealty, as he sees it, to the EU.  Good times, good times.  Note: thinking that all these people demanding to break up the UK will be driving the future is shortsighted.  The UK is better positioned to recover and keep its components on board than the EU is.  I wouldn’t bet the farm against Old Blighty.]

Sadiq Khan today called for London to “take back control” of its own destiny in the aftermath of the EU referendum.

The Mayor issued a demand for more tax-raising powers “right now” as well as far-reaching command of public services.

His devolution wish-list stopped short of calling for London, the only English region to vote to stay within the EU, as a city-state.

But he stressed the extra powers would be necessary to protect the capital’s economy, jobs and prosperity from the uncertainty of Brexit ahead.

They include greater financial autonomy, as well as wide-ranging control over business and skills, housing and planning, transport, health and criminal justice.

It comes as a petition calling on the Mayor to declare London independent hit more than 170,000 signatures in just three days.

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