Europe (4)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3513
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What would be the economic impact if Londoners from the EU were forced to return home and what message would it send to the rest of the world about London's tolerance and openness?

Answer

Answer for Europe (4)

Answer for Europe (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The government needs to guarantee their long term status as a matter of urgency. Almost 1 in 10 Londoners were born in another EU country. I want them to know they are welcome here. Any attempt to force people to leave would be deplorable and economically damaging. It would also damage our international reputation significantly.

EU nationals make up around 12% of people in employment. In sectors like hospitality and construction this is higher.

It is not all about numbers - EU academics, for example, at London universities are often leading experts in their field, attracting funding and talent. The same is true for financial services and tech.