Londoners sign independence petition after Brexit result

Following UK’s referendum results, unsatisfied Londoners desiring to be part of the European Union are now demanding an independent state.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A taxi driver holds a Union flag, as he celebrates after the result of the EU referendum, in central London, Britain June 24, 2016.

After most Britons voted to leave the European Union, tens of thousands of Londoners took to social media to express their opposition.

Around 100,000 Londoners signed a petition organized by James O'Malley on the website, asking Mayor Sadiq Khan to declare London an independent state.

The petition read: "Declare London independent from the UK and apply to join the EU."

"London is an international city, and we want to remain at the heart of Europe," the petition said.

"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.

"Mayor Sadiq, wouldn't you prefer to be President Sadiq? Make it happen!", it said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaks at a rally in favour of remaining in the EU in central london on June 22, 2016

Khan responded to the referendum outcome by issuing a statement.

He said: "It is crucial that London has a voice at the table during those renegotiations, alongside Scotland and Northern Ireland."

"Although we will be outside the EU, it is crucial that we remain part of the single market," he added.

"Leaving the single market of 500 million people -- with its free-trade benefits -- would be a mistake. I will be pushing the government to ensure this is the cornerstone of the negotiations with the EU."

Another petition on read: "London to remain part of the European Union"  gathering over 9,000 signatures.

Supporters of UK's independence took to Twitter to spread the word.

Scotland and Northern Ireland were the only other parts of the UK that voted to stay in the European Union.

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