By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - London should swiftly be granted more autonomy to help it ride out the economic uncertainty unleashed by Britain's vote to leave the European Union, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Tuesday. While the United Kingdom voted 52 to 48 percent to leave the bloc, London voted to remain, unlike most of the rest of England. Since then, more than 175,000 people have signed an online petition calling for London to become an independent city-state.
Belgium's prime minister on Tuesday urged British companies wanting to continue trading with the European Union to move to Belgium after the British vote to quit the bloc. "I believe that 20 percent of the British companies are ready to move out of the country," Charles Michel told Belgian state broadcaster Radio 1. "If they do, I would prefer if they came to Belgium, Flanders, Wallonia or Brussels and not, for example, the Netherlands," Michel said.
Britain's decision to leave the European Union will not affect relations with Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday. "We don't believe that the exit of Britain from the EU will have a major impact on our relationship with Great Britain," al-Jubeir told reporters at a news conference in Paris.