By George Stephens • 18 February 2020 • 12:44
Sadiq Kahn London’s Major who is clearly heartbroken over Brexit has called for Londoners to have an “associate citizenship” with the EU.
He has said that he has meetings lined up with MP’s in Brussels today and will discuss the way forward that will see citizens keep their EU rights as before Brexit including the right to free movement across Europe.
He tweeted this morning: ‘It’s no secret that I wanted to remain in the EU, but I’m determined to ensure London thrives despite Brexit.
‘I’m in Brussels today meeting senior EU leaders to fight for a deal that not only protects London’s economy, but the rights of all Londoners too. #LondonIsOpen’
The Major has meetings and negotiations today with Michael Barnier as well as David Sassoli, who is the president of the European parliament.
Questions are being raised by many as the move would be deemed unlawful but Kahn said:
‘Like so many Londoners, I am heartbroken that we are no longer a member of the European Union, but that doesn’t mean our country’s future can’t be closely linked with the rest of Europe. ‘The Prime Minister says his job is to bring the country together and move us forward and I cannot think of a better way of reconciling the differences between British voters who wanted to leave, and the millions of Londoners and British nationals who still feel and want to be European.
‘There would be support from millions of Londoners and British nationals who are devastated they are losing their rights as EU citizens. ‘As the UK and EU start their next phase of negotiations, I want this issue of associate citizenship to be at the heart of talks about our future relationship.’
The plan of the Londons Major already has the backing of many including the former chairman of the European Parliament’s Brexit steering group, Guy Verhofstadt.
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