In response to the government White Paper: The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union, the Mayor released a paper entitled London’s Global and European Future. In this the Mayor responded to the twelve priorities in the government’s White Paper on Brexit, focussing on issues affecting the capital. The main elements of the Mayor’s response are:
- A call for a guarantee that all EU citizens presently living in the UK can stay post Brexit
- That there needs to be an interim trade agreement that ensures current market access arrangements are retained during the negotiations, if they last longer than two years, until the UK’s future relationship with the EU is finalised
- That we need to retain, or better, the current EU environmental regulations that benefit London
- That more clarity is needed around possible future immigration policy, and London needs the ability to determine how much immigration it should receive if the government can’t guarantee the levels necessary for its economy
- That there should be increased devolution of fiscal powers to London, to help the capital respond to the challenges of Brexit
- That we need effective data and intelligence sharing arrangements with European Union member states to detect and prevent crime and terrorism
Many of these things were felt necessary by Talk Londoners on our previous discussion thread, Brexit and moving London forward.
What do you think of this approach? Do you think there are other issues that should be raised with central government to secure the best deal for London?
Update: Today, 29 March, following the triggering of Article 50, the Mayor has released a statement calling again for an interim trade agreement to reduce economic uncertainty on both sides of the Channel whilst Brexit negotiations unfold. Following some reassurance to EU citizens presently living in Britain, the Mayor has also called for a cast-iron guarantee that they will be able to stay after Brexit. Read the full statement.