Shelagh Fogarty is Leading Britain's Conversation.
21 July 2016, 19:01
Sadiq Khan says establishment needs to respect referendum result
Sadiq Khan says 2nd EU referendum would be bad and we need to focus on making sure London stays the greatest city in the world
Sadiq Khan says that while he’s proud London voted to remain, a new referendum would be more divisive.
Since the June 23 vote many have called for a second referendum in the hope that the result would change. But the Mayor of London said during Speak to Sadiq with Andrew Castle on LBC that this was not the way forward.
"It would lead to even more cynicism. It will lead to the British public saying ‘hold on a sec, these were the rules of the game, we voted in record numbers and now you’re saying you’re ignoring us."
Mr Khan believes the best way forward is to focus on making the best of the result and ensuring London remains successful.
"I’m trying to make the best of the results from the referendum, that means quite simply me loudly and clearly saying ‘London is open’.
"We will carry on being a great city where you are welcome if you’ve got talent, if you’re a business person, if you’re investing. We’ve got to make sure we make the best of the results."
While the mayor was willing to accept the result and work with it, he did recognise the campaign leading up to the vote had been divisive. Something he now wants to try and repair.
"My job as the Mayor of London is to try and heal some of the rifts that were created during the campaign and make sure London carries on being the greatest city in the world."