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a long way back for England.
Thanks very much.
Should the capital be given
a special Brexit deal?
It was prompted by a tweet today
from the mayor gently reminding
the Prime Minister that any deal
to keep part of the UK in the single
market should be extended to London
to protect thousands of jobs.
He made the comments
while on a trade visit to India.
Here's our Brexit reporter
It was the Romans who first built
the great Wall around the city to
protect its prosperity and trade.
Today, London's Mayor hinted
at partitioning off the capital once
more, with a special Brexit deal,
similar to the one being thrashed
out for Northern Ireland.
The government has
accepted a principal
today that part of the country
should have part of the single
If it's good enough
for Northern Ireland,
bearing in mind this will protect
tens of thousands of jobs in London,
bearing in mind London is crucial
to the government's well-being
economically and otherwise,
the government should give us
the same deal as well.
His comments were welcomed by some
at this garage on Seven Sisters Rd.
Being in the single market means
goods, services and people can move
The owner here says leaving
means costs will go up.
I believe it will be hard for us,
going to be hassle.
As a business runner,
we will be affected quite a lot if
we leave the single market.
If we stayed, it will be better.
But his friend around
the corner was one of
the 40% of Londoners
who voted leave.
He says he will feel cheated
if the mayor has his way.
I don't see how it will work.
How can you segregate
London from the rest of
It's a view shared by other
pro-Brexit supporters, who
question the practicalities as well.
We decided in 2016,
in a referendum with a huge vote,
to leave the European Union.
Secondly, it's fraught
with practical difficulties.
Where is the boundary going to be?
Who will be in, who will be out?
It's not workable.
This is an opportunity
for the mayor, who have
called many times for more devolved
powers to support London through
If it can be done for
Northern Ireland, which is part of
the United Kingdom, it makes it more
difficult for the government to say
it can be done for one part of
the United Kingdom, and not another,
remembering that London,
Northern Ireland and Scotland
voted to stay in the EU,
while the UK as a whole
voted to leave.
There's still no agreement on the
The Prime Minister has a lot more
on her mind than London,
but the city has a lot on its mind
regarding the future,
and frustration is growing.
Victoria Hollins has
got more on this.
Put this into context for us.
What I think this suggests is that
the mayor believes the Government
doesn't have a strong hand at the
moment in Brexit negotiations. The
mayor of course and others have
argued that London should have a
special case post-Brexit, not least
in relation to immigration. Some
people would argue what's happening
today strengthens that position. Now
he of course joins the leaders of
Scotland and Wales who are arguing
that if Northern Ireland is made a
special case then so should they.
But what needs to be made very clear
here is that this regulatory
alignment being discussed,
apparently discussed at the moment
is not the same as customs union and
a free market. There is an important
difference here. Some people would
argue the mayor is jumping the gun
somewhat. On the other side of that
they may say it's an astute time to
make this sort of comment.
Also on the agenda on the mayor's
trade visit to India and Pakistan
is the issue of student visas.
Sadiq Khan blamed the Prime Minister
for making it difficult for Indian
nationals to come to London
to work and study.
Our political correspondent
Karl Mercer reports.
Of course the mayor wasn't staying
at this hotel, nor eating at this
restaurant, but tucked off a main
road into Mumbai, these two pay
testament to a city that thrives
on trade, deals and making money,
something that the mayor
is keen to tap into.
So there is a mantra
from Sadiq Khan on this trip.
Everywhere he's been,
he has said that London
is open, but apparently not as open
as he wants it to be.
London is open for business.
His contradictions may need
a bit more practice.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
Shall we have a round of applause?
What will not is the message
he came to deliver
he came to deliver
on student visas.
The British Prime Minister,
Theresa May, got it badly
wrong with her decision to close
this route a few years ago.
A rule change five
years ago meant that
these two students, who wanted to go
to London universities, had to stay
We wanted to come to London
and work of the economy and
see how it was.
But they stopped it
because of the immigration issues,
or whatever, and we
were not allowed visas.
Five years ago, on his trip to India
as mayor, Boris Johnson tried
to stop those changes as well.
If Theresa May wouldn't listen
to Boris Johnson then,
why would she listen
to what you are saying now?
The reason why she should listen
to us now is that the fear
is that we have have been realised,
it's not simply that scaremongering
that changes around student visas
will lead to fewer students coming.
That has happened.
If Theresa May wants
to make Brexit a success,
if she wants to make sure businesses
continued to flourish and strive,
we need to have access
to talented people from around
the world, including India.
It's in her interests
to change the rules.
He wants students like
these to be able to stay
after their studies and work here.
The numbers of Indian students
coming to the capital has fallen 40%
in the last four years.
Historically and culturally,
we are connected to the UK
and especially London,
which is why I chose
London to study.
For employment UK at the moment
might not The Best.
In more sombre mood,
Sadiq Khan paid his respects
at a memorial to those
who were murdered here
by terrorists nine years ago,
when they attacked the luxury hotel
where the mayor spent his night.
Google, Bloomberg and Apple
have all announced plans
to grow their business bases
in the capital.
Now tech giant Facebook has
opened its biggest engineering hub
outside the US creating hundreds
of new jobs in London.
Tarah Welsh reports.
It's one of the fastest-growing
companies in the world and has
39 million users in the UK.
That means more than half of us
have a Facebook account.
No wonder it's got something to sing
about at its new offices in central
dancers and even the Chancellor
came along to celebrate,
reassured that even in uncertain
times, such a big company
wants to expand here.
Really excited about the fact
we are going to be looking for more
people to be coming here.
We hope a lot of those people
will be UK grown people
because London in particular
is a fantastic tech hub.
The company is hiring another
800 people in London
so by the end of next year,
there will be 2300 people working
here, making this their biggest
engineering base outside the US.
It's also opening a centre to help
start-ups but some say this
expansion has knock-on effects
for the industry.
meaning in 2014, it paid
just over £4,000 in tax.
Many people were outraged
about the tax setup of Facebook.
What would you say to them now?
Yeah, well, we make sure
that we comply with all of the tax
laws within all of the areas
that we operate.
You might have seen that last year,
we moved our revenues
that we receive from our large scale
clients in the UK into our UK office
and that is now recognised
and taxed at the right level
of corporations for profitability.
While so many of us use it,
it is likely to grow,
Tarah Welsh, BBC London News.
I'll wish you a very good night
and leave you with Lucy Martin who's
got the weather for us.
got the weather for us.
Good evening. A settled start to the
week this week with plenty of cloud
around and quite mild temperatures
to begin with before we see a spell
of wet and windy weather Wednesday
into Thursday and then things
turning colder but with more
brightness. Tonight then a fairly
cloudy story. Cloud could be thick
enough for a few spots of rain and
where we see breaks in the cloud
potential for a few patches of mist
and fog to develop. Overnight lows
of five or six. Tomorrow mainly
cloudy day. Some brighter intervals
or breaks in the cloud at times.
Temperatures again just creeping
into the double figures, a maximum
of ten degrees. Into Wednesday, we
will start to see winds spinning to
a south-westerly direction so again
largely cloudy and the cloud thick
enough to produce light rain and
drizzle. Temperatures at a maximum
around 11, perhaps 12. But later on
Wednesday into Thursday that we
start to see this wet and windy
weather. Thursday starts off with
some rain, fairly breezy before we
start to see something dryer and
brighter feeding in behind it. Also
means that Thursday we could see
temperatures reaching 14 in the
morning. By the time we get to rush
hour something a bit colder feeding
in. That will stay with us into
Friday, largely dry and bright but
temperatures back down in single
figures. That's how we stay into the
weekend, plenty of sunshine around
but feeling very cold. And it will
be breezy as well. That's it from