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Petition calls for independent London after city bucks trend by voting Remain in EU Referendum

London was the only English region to vote against Leave in the EU Referendum - and now a petition is calling for it to be separated from the rest of the UK

London voted largely to remain in the European Union, but was the only region to do so with such a strong vote towards remain

A petition calling for London to leave the UK in order to remain part of the European Union has emerged after the country voted for Brexit in a historic referendum.

It comes after London largely voted to remain in the EU , with all but one of west London's boroughs voting to stay in.

Ansar Ally from London, who began the petition following the announcement, told getwestlondon how he felt the city no longer aligned with the country.

The 26-year-old said: "I see a clear divide in the country, geographically in terms of votes and views.

"It is no longer a united nation. I support the right of those in the north to want to leave, but should a majority in the capital and south bare the brunt of the poor governing that has led to this?"

Mr Ally added: "It may be further divisive, but the generational gap and regional voting gap means I'd rather be part of stronger London, than a weaker UK."

Another petition launched on Friday calling for the EU Referendum to be held all over again was so popular it crashed the government website.

Many Remain campaigners fear Brits will suffer as a result of the decision to leave, with holidays abroad one luxury that may become more more complicated once Britain severs its ties with Europe.

'No doubt London will continue to be the successful city it is today'

Another petition has also begun calling for London Mayor Sadiq Khan to declare the city as Independent, and has so far gained a staggering 27,000 signatures.

Social media users have circulated the petition and urge Londoners to do the same, claiming Londoners "should take action".

However, the Labour Mayor, who campaigned to remain in the EU , urged people "not to panic" and claimed London will be a great city no matter the outcome.

He said: "I want to send a clear message to the British people and to businesses and investors around the world this morning - there is no need to panic.

"I still believe that our country is better off within the European Union, but there is no doubt that London will continue to be the successful city it is today.

"Our city and our country will continue to be the best place in the world to do business.

"And we will continue to look outwards and trade and engage with the entire world - including the European Union."

In a monumental morning for politics, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation, with bookies opting for Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP Boris Johnson as the favourite successor .

Speaking outside Downing Street, he said: "I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination."

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