Sadiq Khan fears Brexit makes London look 'xenophobic'

London mayor Sadiq Khan shares fears for Brexit and next US election
Sadiq Khan fears Brexit makes London look 'xenophobic'
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in an interview at Advertising Week Europe.
By Alicia Buller
Sun 24 Mar 2019 08:13 AM

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said his biggest fear around the EU referendum result is that people will think London is "xenophobic".

“London is open and we will stay pluralistic. My biggest concern is not businesses leaving [London] but people thinking we have changed,” Khan said in an interview at Advertising Week Europe in London.

The mayor also said Brexit was "distracting" him from what he wants to focus on – improving social housing, police services and education.

Ahead of the Brexit leave date, Khan admitted: “Growth won’t be as good as it could have been but I still think we will thrive as we have a great business ecosystem. Those things aren’t going to change.”

Khan added that he wants to be “the most pro-business mayor London has seen."

US president clash

Speaking at the PictureHouse Central in Piccadilly London, Khan said US president Donald Trump has sent a signal to the world “legitimising hatred”.

Khan, who has previously clashed with the US president over Twitter, warned “who the US president is affects all of us" and said the next leader “can’t be Trump”.

Following last week’s tragic terrorist attack on Muslims in New Zealand, Khan said the number of far-right hate attacks is increasing in the UK and across the world.

He said the Islamists and far right terrorists "are mirrors of each other.”

The London mayor called out those in government who label people as "other" to further their own agendas.

He said: “They label people as ‘other’ – whether it’s women, Jews, disabled and Muslims – part of me thinks they do it deliberately to get votes.”

The London mayor and Trump previously came to blows after the president attacked the Khan for doing a “terrible job” in response to the 2017 terror attacks.

The mayor subsequently gave permission for a giant 'Trump Baby' blimp to be flown during a protest against the president’s visit to London.

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