Boris Johnson confirms a Lexit referendum to decide whether London should leave the UK
The Lexit campaign is heating up
London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a city-wide referendum to decide whether London should stay in the UK.
The mayor revealed the vote will be held in June 2017 to allow the people of London to make up their own minds about whether it should become an independent country.
Johnson told the media: “My illustrious term as mayor of London is almost over and I realised I hadn’t left a big enough mess for Sadiq – er I mean, my successor, whoever that may be, to clean up.
“At the same time, everyone was banging on about this Lexit thing and I couldn’t be bothered to sort it out so I thought, why not just let the people decide? I’ve got my mind on other things these days, to be honest.”
The Lexit referendum will no doubt be seen as good news for the Londoners who have campaigned against the freedom of movement and the “cost burden” that UK membership brings.
Maya Pinions-Arsketchy, leader of anti-UK campaign Graaassroots Out (with a long “A” sound), said: “I’m really pleased to hear the mayor has taken our legitimate and not remotely xenophobic concerns on board.
“Every day hard-working Londoners are being deprived of jobs in generic middle-management by competition from people outside London who can undercut us because they’re used to being skint all the time.
“Jobs in banks and finance firms should be for those who actually live at Canary Wharf. Instead, 62% of people who work in those positions travel from outside of London, many of them spending thousands on making the unsustainable trip from the Home Counties every single day.
She added: “To be honest, I’m fed up with being served in shops and restaurants by people speaking in a Newcastle or Somerset accent. You can’t understand what they’re saying. At the very least, if they’re going to live here, they need to learn to speak like us.”
London assembly member for pro-Lexit party Londip, Alec T’Blameothers said: “My family has a manor in Cornwall so I have nothing against Cornish people. But the fact of the matter is, we shouldn’t be opening our doors to every Cornishman who wants to come over here.
“London is full. I don’t use the Tube but I’ve heard it gets pretty busy down there because there are so many people from Birmingham and even further afield milling around.”
However, those who wish to stay in the UK said many people from outside London only want to integrate and live the London way of life.
Ira Gretmoving, a social media something at some marketing company, moved from Doncaster to Hackney in 2012. He says: “It’s not our fault we all came to London. I graduated uni with a good 2:2 in American Television Studies and couldn’t get a job back home. But London is full of opportunities for people like me to do jobs that are not remotely essential to the economy or people’s lives in general.
“Now the £22,000 I earn a year all goes on rent. I would send some back to my family in the north but there’s nothing left.”
Meanwhile, many fear a Lexit would severely impact the profits of high-street chains such as Greggs and Sports Direct.
Senior economist Mike Wotesarestrong at think-tank The Institute of Sounding Important, said: “Economically speaking, a Lexit would be a right royal f*ck up.”