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Thousands of angry Brexit voters sign petition to remove Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London over EU row

The divisive issue of Brexit is knocking on London's door as the petition to remove the Mayor reaches more than 44,000

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

A petition to remove Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London has been signed by thousands as Brexit voters in the capital push for Article 50 to be triggered.

A total of 44,493 signatures are on the petition, which argues against London having ties with the European Union when "the country voted out".

Matthew Lee, from Derbyshire, who set up the petition, said London is the capital of the country and should back a hard Brexit - unlike the Mayor who wants to negotiate with the EU and create exceptions for the city.

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He wrote: "Remain supporters are trying to create civil unrest in the UK and by asking for London to be an independent state, it shows the lack of understanding of why we have a north and south divide here in the UK.

The petition argues that Sadiq Khan is trying to negotiate for London only, creating a further divide between the north and south

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"London is the capital city of the "United Kingdom" and not the European Union and therefore Sadiq Khan needs to be removed as Mayor of London.

"If his statement "crucial that London has a voice at the table during those renegotiation's", then so should the rest of the cities across the United Kingdom."

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

West London MPs voted both for and against triggering Article 50, although votes swayed towards against due to London voting overwhelmingly to remain.

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Although Sadiq Khan actively campaigned alongside Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the run up to the EU Referendum, he has since said London must focus on getting the best deal for itself and for the country's economy.

One proposal which has already been discussed in City Hall is a London-only visa for migrants - although the logistics are yet to be debated.

City Hall has been approached for comment

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