'This guy is a joke': Sadiq Khan triggers Twitter after saying 'heartbroken' Londoners should be able to keep EU citizenship
Ahead of his visit to Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the issue with senior EU officials, Khan claimed he could not think of a better way of resolving differences between 'Leavers' and 'Remainers' than to allow UK citizens who still feel European to keep their link to the EU.
It’s no secret I wanted to remain in the EU, but I’m determined to ensure London thrives after Brexit. Today I’m in Brussels, meeting senior EU leaders to fight for a deal that protects London’s economy, and the rights of all Londoners. #LondonIsOpen 🇪🇺https://t.co/pk17Dx8gHM— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) February 18, 2020
The idea of associate citizenship – which has been earmarked by several high-profile EU officials – could involve individuals paying a fee in order to retain many bloc "benefits" after Brexit, including the right to move freely between member states.
The London mayor's comments have riled many Brexiteers online, with many suggesting he was in fact doing the opposite of bringing the country together by attempting to keep Londoners within the EU. One annoyed Leaver tweeted: "This guy is a joke. We are out and that means all of us."
Others on Twitter questioned why Khan was involving himself in any post-Brexit negotiations with Brussels, suggesting that he should instead be focusing on the knife crime epidemic currently blighting the UK capital.
We’ve left the EU ... hasn’t he got more pressing things to do? dealing with #knifecrime in London for one— Robert Jobson (@theroyaleditor) February 18, 2020
There were also those who took a swipe at the mayor's emotive rhetoric, and accused him of being anti-democratic. One person sarcastically tweeted: "Breaking democracy to heal broken hearts. How romantic."
However, amongst the negativity there was some support for Khan's intervention from ardent Remainers. In a somewhat backhanded compliment, one EU cheerleader tweeted: "This could be Sadiq's first great idea." Another commented: "Awesome! Where do I sign?"
This could be Sadiqs first great idea. The leavers want everyone to suffer with them. If leaving the EU is such a good idea they should have no problem with those of us who want to continue to enjoy our close relationship whilst they “continue” to enjoy the benefits of leaving— 🇪🇺I got EU babe🇪🇺 (@AndyBowers11) February 18, 2020
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