The Mayor of London’s Office has today (16 March) unveiled a new video spotlighting the myriad of non-UK EU nationals living in the capital, as part of a call to Theresa May to guarantee these citizens right to remain after Brexit.
The two-minute film features a wide range of people from across Europe who consider London to be their home, cementing Sadiq Khan’s promise that London ‘always has been, and will stay open to investment, trade and talent from around the globe’.
The spot’s interviewees, who were selected from the 1 million Londoners originally from an EU country, include people from the likes of Portugal, the Netherlands, Italy, Romania and more. They discuss the welcome the non-judgmental nature of London, with statements such as ‘When you’re here, the first thing you are is a Londoner’ and ‘London made me feel very very welcome from day one’.
It’s the latest in the mayor’s #LondonIsOpen campaign, which aims to counter the uncertainties of Brexit by attracting investment and tourism to the city. Yet this film certainly has more political bite than previous creative, with a message aimed directly at Theresa May that demands non-UK EU citizens are given a “cast-iron” right to stay in London once the UK leaves the union.
Khan said: “European citizens, who have studied, lived and worked in London for years – contributing massively to our success – now fear that they may not have a future in the city they’ve made their home. Many of them have had and brought up children here.
“My message to them is clear: You are Londoners, you are welcome here and you deserve a commitment from the government that you can stay.”
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