“We have survived through war and the Blitz and the Great Fire and so on. This is just another challenge.” Rajesh Agrawal, London’s deputy mayor for business, appeal to the industry leaders to utilise the opportunities in post-Brexit Britain…reports Asian Lite News
“Having run my own global business, I know how important it is that London remains welcoming to European and international trade,” Mr Agrawal told Evening Standard. “I can understand the concerns after the referendum but I’ve got full faith in the spirit of London.
“It’s really important that the message goes out to the world that London is open for business.”
“We have survived through war and the Blitz and the Great Fire and so on. This is just another challenge,” Mr Agrawal said. “I’m an optimistic person, being an entrepreneur. I’ve got full faith and confidence in London’s spirit and we have survived all sorts of things.”
Mr Agrawal said it was crucial for London to have a seat at the table for Brexit negotiations to make sure its economy is protected. Many firms are particularly jittery about their supply of skilled foreign workers and need reassurance about new immigration rules.
“I’ve spoken to investors from around the world, and apart from economic concerns they’ve also got concerns around this. Our view is that any immigration should be business-led,” Mr Agrawal said.
In the Standard interview, he vowed to take on the Government over new visa rules if needed. “We’ll make sure that if there are any visa rules which are introduced which seem to be unfair, and which might hamper business growth and business interests of London, we will challenge them… we are very clear about that,” he said. “The idea is to attract the best and the brightest from around the world, we should do that regardless of where they come from.”