Sadiq Khan pushes EU 'associate citizenship' for Britons - but critics blast 'gimmick'

As he travelled to Brussels, the London mayor is told to instead focus on combating violent crime in the capital

2/18/2020

As he travelled to Brussels, the London mayor is told to instead focus on combating violent crime in the capital

As he travelled to Brussels, the London mayor is told to instead focus on combating violent crime in the capital.

Rory Stewart, the former MP and independent mayoral candidate, accused Mr Khan of chasing a"soundbite", adding:"The policy cannot work." Now the UK is out of the EU, what next? At a news conference in Brussels alongside Mr Verhofstadt - a long-time champion of Britons being offered associate citizenship after Brexit - Mr Khan described how many Londoners were"heartbroken" by the UK's departure from the EU last month. He said:"I'm going to bang the drum for our city and to be close to our friends in Europe… but also seeing if there's a possibility, even though we've left the EU, of some sort of associate citizenship going forward. "I've been pleased with the response and it gives hope to Londoners and others across our country." Mr Khan hailed associate citizenship for Britons as"the next best thing" to the UK staying in the EU's single market and retaining the bloc's freedom of movement rules, which he admitted"clearly is not going to happen". He said:"Even if the British government doesn't reciprocate in relation to associate citizenship, we think the EU will put out the fraternal hand of friendship and recognise there are people in our country who want to stay close to the EU." Mr Verhofstadt was challenged as to whether associate citizenship would mean Britons enjoying the benefits of EU membership without the UK having the obligations of being part of the bloc. He insisted the UK would have to offer"reciprocity" to EU citizens. But the Belgian politician also admitted there would be an uphill task in convincing EU leaders to back his campaign. "The first thing to do is to convince European governments to come forward with the idea," he said. Jean-Claude Piris, a former legal adviser to the European Council, claimed the plan for associate citizenship was"not doable" without first changing EU treaties. "No member state [would be] willing to do it in any case," he added. Read more: Sky News

I don't suppose the government getting rid of 20000 officers had anything to do with it? Sky is crap Did the UK government instructed him to so? Asking as only the UK government would be the one who can ask for this non-existend citizenship. Aside from that he is trying to get votes for the upcoming mayoral election by pulling this stunt

One of those chaps is Mickey Barners. Who's the other one, and which country is he from? You can only be a citizen of a state. Is the EU a state now? lambert_pp SadiqKhan 🤣🤦‍♂️ I can think of several reasons why the EU can't accept SK's idea. Why can't he? Election gimmick. He's been a failure as Mayor but that won't stop a lot of London's voters backing him again because they don't care about the results, just the politics.

Think people are wanting him to morph into Robocop ffs 'As he traveled to Brussels, the London mayor WAS CORRECTLY told to instead focus on combating violent crime in the capital' FixedThatForYou Loser Sadiq khan He'll be out of a job soon.

Sadiq Khan urges EU to offer Britons 'associate citizenship'Guy Verhofstadt’s idea would give continued freedom of movement to those who wanted it That picture is a goddamn HORROR After the obnoxious display Nigel Ferage demonstrated on leaving Europe, the EU should give the UK a stiff middle finger. What?

I’ll give the Tosser a lift to Dover next time! Enjoy your last few months as Mayor SadiqKhan . May 7th is coming fast and then we get a serious Mayor 👍 Too right! He has no authority to do anything! Did he pay for it himself No fan of Khan but yet again, the press giving the Bozo regime a free pass. Austerity

Doubting there will be many comments supporting this meeting!

Londoners should be allowed to keep EU citizenship, insists Sadiq KhanThe Mayor of London is set to discuss the option of Londoners retaining their citizenship in Brussels today Sad Khant Yes this sounds good to me, don’t care what non Londoners have to say on this.

Sadiq Khan sets up £50m fund to reduce emissions in LondonMayor, who is up for re-election, promises to make the capital carbon neutral by 2030 Cue the Tory troll bots claiming it's a waste of money. London is suffering because of this Mayor. Vote him out couldn't he first make it stabby neutral?

Sadiq Khan spoke out in favour of trans rights and people are dividedSadiq Khan has waded into the biggest debate currently happening within the Labour Party, stating unequivocally that he supports trans rights. In a tweet posted yesterday, the Mayor of London said Will Sadiq Kahn also compel his mosque in accepting Muslim women, identifying as men, being allowed to pray with men? Most people disagree with him.

Sadiq Khan urges EU to offer Britons 'associate citizenship'Guy Verhofstadt’s idea would give continued freedom of movement to those who wanted it That picture is a goddamn HORROR After the obnoxious display Nigel Ferage demonstrated on leaving Europe, the EU should give the UK a stiff middle finger. What?

Tell us what you think about 'associate citizenship'Sadiq Khan is to ask EU negotiators to offer Britons continued freedom of movement if they want it. We want to hear your thoughts Tell us what you think about stopping knife crime SadiqKhan Why is this the mayor of London’s issue? You know things are bad when the mayor of London looks like that.



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