#Londependence - Calls for London to become independent after capital votes to stay in EU
PUBLISHED: 15:36 24 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:49 24 June 2016
An online petition is gathering signatures fast after today's result
Londoners are calling for a ‘Lexit’ following the Britain’s leave result in the EU referendum.
Across the capital, a handful of boroughs voted to leave the EU, one of which was Bexley.
But as nearly 60 per cent of the capital bucked the national trend and voted remain, an online petition has called for ‘Londependence’.
So far more than 40,000 people have signed the online petition calling for the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to ‘Declare London independent from the UK and apply to join the EU.’
James O’Malley started the petition.
He said: “London is an international city, and we want to remain at the heart of Europe.
“Let’s face it - the rest of the country disagrees. So rather than passive aggressively vote against each other at every election, let’s make the divorce official and move in with our friends on the continent.
“This petition is calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan to declare London independent, and apply to join the EU - including membership of the Schengen Zone (Umm, we’ll talk about the Euro...).
“Mayor Sadiq, wouldn’t you prefer to be President Sadiq? Make it happen!”
But in Bexley, Vote Leave campaigners celebrated the result.
Councillor David Leaf said: “We are delighted that such a large majority of voters in Bexley have decided to take back control of our democracy, our taxes and our future by leaving the EU.
“We thank them for having confidence in our country.
“This vote marks the triumph of democracy over the EU’s undemocratic institutions and it is heartening to see the strong support we have.
“Voters in Bexley have chosen hope and optimism over fear and can look forward to a safe, secure and prosperous future as a free and independent country.”