By Heather Mitchell
Former Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney has said that Sadiq Khan’s suggestion that Remain-supporting Londoners be allowed to keep their EU citizenship is “gesture politics at its very, very worst.”
It follows a visit by the London Mayor to Brussels yesterday, where he urged the government to give British nationals the option for an “associate citizenship” of the European Union.
The move would involve paying a fee in exchange for rights held before the UK withdrew from the trading bloc, such as moving freely between member states.
Mr Daubney told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: “What we have here is gesture politics at its very, very worst.
“Sadiq Khan is playing to his Remain base, he’s acting as a kind of Mother Teresa of the Remain movement; he has no way on earth of ever delivering this, it’s bogus, foundation-less gesture politics.”
He also claimed that “more Londoners voted to leave the EU than ever voted for Sadiq Khan as Mayor,” and added that “there is no legal precedent” for Mr Khan’s suggestion.
Following his “positive and productive” meeting with Michel Barnier in the Belgian capital, the Mayor said on Twitter that he was “determined to ensure London thrives after Brexit”.
But Mr Daubney accused Mr Khan of making “false promises” ahead of the upcoming London mayoral election.
Labour candidate Mr Khan, is up against the Conservative’s Shaun Bailey and former Conservative Rory Stewart is running as an independent.
The election will take place on May 7.
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