Mayor plans European tour to fly the flag for London’s businesses

The Mayor of London has announced that he will be setting out on a tour of major European cities this spring, trying to press home his message that the capital is “open for business.”

Sadiq Khan intends to visit Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Madrid and Warsaw in the space of just six days, as part of efforts to strengthen ties with the continent.

The tour is expected to take place at some point next month, shortly after the Government triggers Article 50 and begins formal negotiations to leave the European Union.

“I want to take the message directly to Europe that London will always remain open to engaging, trading and doing business with our friends across Europe,” said Mr Khan.

“Our connections on the continent are more important than ever before and, regardless of Brexit, we will continue to work closely together for our mutual benefit.

“I promised to be the most pro-business mayor this city has ever seen and it is vital that we demonstrate to our partners overseas that despite Brexit we remain open to business, investment, talent and ideas.”

The Mayor, who took over from Boris Johnson last May, confirmed his plans while addressing delegates at the International Business Programme.

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