A petition for London to declare independence from the UK and rejoin the European Union following the referendum result has reached almost 41,000 signatures in a matter of hours
59.9% of London voters pledged to remain in the EU, while 40.1% ticked the leave box. In some areas, including Wandsworth, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Lambeth, the vote was over 75% remain. Many voters have been voicing their anger on Twitter, with such a strong backlash that James O'Malley started up a petition for just Londoners to stay.
As of Friday afternoon, the petition has over 41,000 signatures and is just thousands away from its target of 50,000.
Twitter accounts supporting an independent London have already gained thousands of followers.
Set this up as a joke at 1am.
Now genuinely wondering if we can have passport control in Romford.
-- LIP (@LdnIndependence) June 24, 2016
London is larger than Wales and Scotland combined. Generates 22 % of UK's GDP and has roughly same size economy as Sweden #LondonRemain
-- Republic of London (@ldn_republic) June 24, 2016
Earlier today London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a statement on his Facebook page letting European residents in London know that they were "very welcome" to stay in the capital.
"As a city, we are grateful for the enormous contribution you make, and that will not change as a result of this referendum," he wrote. "We all have a responsibility to now seek to heal the divisions that have emerged throughout this campaign - and to focus on what unites us, rather than that which divides us."