MOSCOW: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has demanded more autonomy for Britain’s capital in the wake of the UK’s vote for Brexit last Thursday. His statement comes after a petition to make the capital an independent city-state attracted 175,000 signatures.
Khan, who became London’s first Muslim mayor last month, told an audience of top business leaders that the city must “take back control.” He said that he wants to protect the city’s “jobs, wealth and prosperity,” but dismissed the idea of making London an independent state. "On behalf of all Londoners, I am demanding more autonomy for the capital — right now. More autonomy in order to protect London's economy from the uncertainty ahead, to protect the businesses from around the world who trade here and to protect our jobs, wealth and prosperity," Khan said, as quoted by his press service.
On Thursday, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of UK voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it. The UK economy has already been noticeably affected by the results of the referendum, with UK shares and its national currency, the pound sterling, continuing their fall.