Sadiq Khan: ‘Let London set its own rules on immigration’

London should be able to set its own immigration rules to ensure there are enough skilled workers to run essential services, according to Sadiq Khan.

The mayor will use his annual set-piece speech on Thursday night to call for a reformed relationship with Europe – and an end to the “vow of silence” about the “immense damage” being caused by Brexit.But his call for a “pragmatic debate” about the merits of joining the single market and customs union – which could make it easier for European workers to enter the UK – puts him at loggerheads with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who has ruled it out.