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Sadiq Khan responds to petition wanting him to be removed as Mayor of London over Brexit stance

City Hall has said the Mayor respect's people's vote to leave the European Union

Sadiq Khan has said London deserves a place on the Brexit negotiation table

City Hall has defended Sadiq Khan 's actions to "stabilise London" following the Brexit vote after a petition re-emerged calling for him to be removed as Mayor of London .

The petition, signed by at least 54,000 people at present, argues against London having strong ties with the European Union when "the country voted out".

It also said the Mayor, in trying to "get London a space on the negotiation table", was dividing the capital from the rest of the country.

But today (Friday February 3), City Hall told getwestlondon: "Sadiq campaigned for Britain to remain in the European Union but respects the democratic will of the people.

The petition has reached over 54,000 signatures

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It went on to say: "He is determined to secure the best possible deal for London from the Brexit negotiations – because when London flourishes, so does the rest of the country."

Although the Mayor openly campaigned to remain part of the EU, he has said the city must look forward and accept the vote.

Since the referendum in May 2016, he proposed plans such as a London-only migrant visa and argued that London must remain open for workers in order for the economy to prosper.

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However, Matthew Lee from Derbyshire, who set up the petition, said London is the capital of the country and should back a hard Brexit.

The petition , which began several months ago, has re-emerged as MPs voted on triggering Article 50 on Wednesday (February 1), the first process.

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