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‘London is open’ Mayor Sadiq Khan vows to DEFY Brexit and offer City visas to migrants

SADIQ Khan is hoping to maintain the number of migrants entering London by implementing new visa plans for the capital when Brexit is finally put into motion.

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Sadiq Khan wants London to have to ability to have issue city visas


The London mayor said a team of business representatives were “working on a model that will ensure we can carry on recruiting and attracting talent”.When pressed on the issue of a separate work visa for migrants coming to work in the capital, Mr Khan said: “In principle I want to make sure that my job as the mayor means supporting businesses to grow and expand, encouraging business to come into London.

“The three most important words I say when I go around the world is ‘London is open’.”The former Labour MP confirmed he was planning on discussing the notion with Theresa May.

Chancellor Philip Hammond, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have all been in discussion with the Mayor of London about trying to secure the best possible deal for London.

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Sadiq Khan is in Liverpool for the Labour conference


Mr Khan said: “We are talking to business leaders, businesses, business representatives to see what we can do to make sure London doesn’t lose out on the talent, the innovation the partnership that has let us be the greatest city in the world.”The good news is the Government gets it. The good news is in all the conversations I’ve had with members of the Government, from the Chancellor to the Brexit Secretary to the Foreign Secretary and others in Government, I think they get it.”

The mayor said it was “crucial” for London to be given the chance to recruit the best people from around the world.

He pleaded with Government officials to delay Brexit until at least late 2017 so negotiators could “square the circle” of maintaining Britain’s access to the single market but withdrawing Britain from the freedom of movement.Mr Khan added: “I’ll be meeting the Prime Minister soon to discuss our issues but I think the Government recognises it is in nobody’s interests for us to get a bad deal with the EU.”

During a recent visit to North America where Mr Khan was promoting business investment in the British capital, the former Tooting MP hinted he would like London to “take back control” and be given more autonomy to control tax levels, much like New York.

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Mr Khan said it was ‘crucial’ London has the ability to recruit people from around the world


As it stands, the London mayor has the ability to control just seven per cent of taxes raised within the capital, while New York and Tokyo can keep 50 and 70 per cent respectively.The Muslim mayor did stop short of calling for London independence, saying he was “not planning to blockade the M25”.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/715172/Sadiq-Khan-defy-Brexit-London-open-visas-migrants-mayor-theresa-may-boris-johnson-trade

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