Brexit minister David Davis to hold monthly talks with Sadiq Khan as the UK quits the EU

 
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The UK voted to leave the European Union on 23 June. (Source: Getty)

Brexit minister David Davis has agreed to hold monthly meetings with London mayor Sadiq Khan in a bid to make sure the capital's voice is heard as the UK moves to quit the EU.

Although a final timetable has yet to be confirmed, Davis has agreed to begin the meetings with Khan ahead of Theresa May triggering Article 50 early next year.

Ever since the summer's referendum, Kahn has vowed to secure London "a seat at the table" in the UK's Brexit planning.

Those meetings will then feed in to the joint ministerial committee, which features the first ministers of the UK's devolved administrations.

Last month, the JMC met for the first time in more than two years, although Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon branded the talks "frustrating".

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Davis said: "The mayor is London's elected representative and it's important that the capital's voice is heard.

"So Sadiq and I have agreed to meet regularly and exchange views as the UK shapes its negotiating strategy, and we are also engaging with the Greater London Authority more broadly.

"We won't always agree, but we will take into account the challenges and opportunities that exist for London and ensure we make a success of Brexit."

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Khan added: "I'm determined to represent the view of London's businesses - which is why business leaders have strongly backed London getting a seat at the table, as have councils, universities, union leaders and ordinary Londoners."

The London mayor campaigned for a remain vote in June referendum, although he has since promised to fight for the City of London's passporting rights.

He is also considering proposals for a visa system to allow London businesses to easily recruit from the continent if Theresa May's government enacts migration reforms.

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