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London mayor's Brexit reassurance drive

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 01:51

The mayor of London, where a majority voted against Britain leaving the EU, says the city's Europeans they're still welcome. Paul Chapman reports.

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The mayor of London's on a mission to reassure the city's population of nearly a million European nationals they should still feel welcome. London voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union. Mayor Sadiq Khan says the city needs to make the best of the situation. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LONDON MAYOR SADIQ KHAN SAYING: "My message to Londoners who are European, whether you're Spanish, Italian, German, French or whatever your country of origin, is: your'e welcome here. You make a huge contribution to our city That shouldn't change and I will ensure over the next few hours, the next few days, I reassure business, I reassure investors that we are open for business." Khan, who only became London mayor last month, wants the city to have a presence in Britain's exit negotiations and is insisting it'll still need access to the single market afterwards. He's not the only one picking up the pieces. The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party is the subject of a no-confidence motion by some of his own lawmakers who accuse him of lukewarm campaigning to stay in the EU. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LABOUR PARTY LEADER JEREMY CORBYN SAYING: "I campaigned the length and breadth of this country on a party position which was that we should support remaining in Europe, recognising the many deficiencies of the European Union in order to reform it." On Friday the government's petitions website crashed after the launch of a campaign by 'Stay In' voters for a re-run of the referendum. Some who voted to leave the bloc now say they're regretting it. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BREXIT VOTER MANDY SUTHI SAYING: "Yes, we would, we would vote differently because obviously the facts are coming in now." The petition's already gathered more than 140, 000 signatures. By law those with more than 100, 000 must be considered by Parliament for debate.

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London mayor's Brexit reassurance drive

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 01:51