Mayor heads to Brussels with message that London is still open

26 October 2018
  • Polling reveals almost 70 per cent of Londoners concerned about the impact of skilled workers leaving London after Brexit
  • Sadiq to meet EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier in Brussels today
  • New film celebrates London’s diversity as Sadiq tells EU nationals in London that they will always be able to call the city home


Almost 70 per cent of Londoners say they are concerned about the impact of skilled workers leaving the capital after Brexit, and almost half of Londoners are worried about the impact of EU nationals leaving London when the UK leaves the European Union. The polling data was released by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today (26 October) as he heads to Brussels for meetings with senior EU politicians including the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier. 


The Mayor’s visit is the first of four important trade missions to major EU cities as he bids to protect the capital’s economy from the effects of Brexit and reiterates his message that ‘London Is Open’ to visitors, investment, talent and ideas. Later this year Sadiq will also take his message to Berlin, Paris and Dublin where he will meet with leading European business leaders and senior politicians.


As part of the #LondonIsOpen message, the Mayor has today released a new film that celebrates London’s diversity. It follows in the footsteps of the hugely successful first London is Open film, which promoted the capital’s welcoming ethos to the world. The film is available at


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m determined to continue banging the drum for London – getting the message out loud and clear that, despite Brexit, London remains open to the world: open to business, open to ideas, open to investment, open to trade and open to talent. 


“London is a truly global city. Throughout our history, we have always looked outwards and sought to form new partnerships, trading and engaging with the world.  These are the values that define our city and they will not change. 


"We are lucky to have over a million EU citizens who decided to make London their home. They are Londoners, they belong here and they will always be welcome.


“There’s no doubt we face some challenging and uncertain times ahead for London, but I’m getting the message out to the world that we remain optimistic about our future.  Despite Brexit, London will still be one of the most exciting, entrepreneurial, international, innovative and outward-looking cities in the world - a city still bursting with creativity and opportunity.  And a city that is – and will continue to be – the best place in the world to start, build or grow a business. 


“This is what the London is Open campaign is all about – it’s about saying loud and clear that that London is open: open for business, open for new investment and open for new talent.”


In addition to Michel Barnier, today the Mayor will also meet EU Vice Presidents Valdis Dombrovskis and Maroš Šefčovič, and EU Commissioner Julian King to discuss the capital’s needs from the Brexit negotiations.



Notes to editors

The film is available for download at


The Mayor has also unveiled today a series of large-scale vinyl stickers saying #LondonIsOpen in European languages inside Tube stations in areas with large European communities to reassure them to stay here post-Brexit. For example, LondonIsOpen is being displayed in Portuguese outside Stockwell Station, a part of the city with a large Portuguese community.


*‘London is open’ will be translated into different languages depending on the local population. The list of stations where vinyl stickers are being installed is:

  • Perivale (Polish)
  • Kilburn (Irish)
  • Gloucester Road (French)
  • Edgware (Romanian)
  • Stockwell (Portuguese)
  • Bounds Green (Cypriot)
  • Lancaster Gate (Spanish)
  • Wood Green (Bulgarian)
  • Canning Town (Lithuanian)
  • Kentish Town (Greek)


Polling figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,167 London adults for fieldwork undertaken between 24th – 27th September 2018.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all London adults (aged 18+). 69% of Londoners said they were concerned about the impact of skilled workers leaving London after Brexit, and 49% of Londoners said they were concerned about the impact of EU citizens leaving London after Brexit. See full results here

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