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London and Brexit: Immiscible or opportune?

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While the UK voted narrowly to leave the EU in June 2016, stats demonstrate just how divided the vote was. By almost 60%-40%, Londoners of all ages backed Remain. The percentage of London Remainers among the youth was even higher - a colossal 76%. For a city that relies heavily on its financial and insurance services, transnationals, and thus a considerable degree of immigration from within the EU, Brexit is viewed as a major blow by many. Others, however small in number, see it as an opportunity. So, what of London in the Brexit negotiations?

How can London endure as a premier global city after Brexit?

How can London continue to attract the best talent from the EU?

Should the UK pursue a separate arrangement between London and the EU? If so, what?

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Across the world, people are drawn to the renowned City of London. With the Queen, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben there is le left to wish for.  In the Brexit result, there was a clear disparity between the wishes of England compared with London about Brexit. This has led to the discussion of London potentially succeeding from England and becoming its own nation state. This would be catastrophic for the rest of the country since London is a major bargaining chip for the negotiations....

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It comes clear that the EU was not the sole 'supplier' of London's economy; nor should the EU be the backbone of London, especially when we are defining London as an international market.    London has always been the chosen destination for people from various countries, which indicates that there are lots of opportunities outside the EU that London could grab. Hundreds of businesses are planning their international expansion, and thousands of students are studying abroad, trying to...

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It seems evident that the London bias has seeped into Brexit discourse. Calls for London to be seen as unique positioned against the 'rest of the UK' is often highlighted by the media and Londoner's themselves. However, London is not the only area that voted remain - Bristol, Brighton, Oxford and Cambridge to name a few also voted remain - not to mention the 95% of the residents of Gibraltar who voted to remain in the EU. It is clear that it is not as simple as just London vs the rest of the...

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As it stands, a talented individual from China or India for instance has to go through an extensive and costly visa application process to have just the slightest possibility of coming to London. On the other hand, anyone in the EU regardless of skill and talent has unrestricted access to London. Therefore I believe that the UK can continue to attract the best talent from both the EU and the rest of the world by adopting a system whereby people are vetted based on talent before they enter.  

Hamza Wahid
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Aside from being a finance hub, London is also notorious for its universities. Language is a crucial factor which places the UK above other European destinations for international students. London has the additional advantage of offering myriad opportunities for employment, unparalleled entertainment opportunities, as well as a privileged connection to the rest of Europe.  As such, the city draws some of the world's brightest and most talented young minds who are vital to its growth and...

Maria Cerdio
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London hosts a wealth of financial and business services, and as such generates 22% of the UK's GDP with around an eighth of the population. And London voted Remain in strides. But the vote especially in the north of England was Leave, and was widely seen by political commentators as a rejection of the status quo. Part of that status quo is massive infrastructure investment in London and the South, yet parts of the north are constantly being left behind - the Northern Powerhouse consigned...

James Slater
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I think the over emphasis on London's growth has put at risk the rest of the country. Putting more money into London in an effort to make it more attractive to investors means sacrificing investment in areas that need it much more. Apart from HS2, the North has had minimal infrastructure investment compared to London, meaning the divide between the north and the south grows, fueling further anger against the system. We should invest in London, but by building more homes, if we redirected...

Alexander Wienand
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Why should London get a better deal from Brexit than the rest of us? I live in Liverpool and would want to know that our negotiators are doing their best to get the best deal for the British people, which includes us. In fact, we're more British up here than the London lot. Brexit clearly is a problem for London, but it's had it good for too long at our expense. Maybe a bit of redistribution would do us all good. 

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