Khan urges more economic autonomy for London after Brexit

London Mayor demanded more autonomy for the UK capital aimed at economy protection amid Brexit decision.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday demanded more autonomy for the UK capital to protect its economy, following the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union.

“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.

He added that the whole country would benefit from London’s autonomy because of its influence on the nation.

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.