LONDON (AA) – British premier and London mayor have appeared together for the first time ahead of a crucial referendum to decide whether the U.K. should stay in the EU.
Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan stood side-by-side at the launch of the "Remain" campaign bus in Roehampton, south-west London, Monday.
In remarks made on his official Twitter account, Cameron said: “Today, Sadiq Khan and I will set aside our differences to show how remaining in Europe guarantees we are better off.”
Cameron and Khan have presented a five-point Remain pledge card to emphasize the benefits of staying in the EU, which include full access to the EU’s single market, protection of workers’ rights, keeping the European arrest warrant, the U.K.’s special status within the bloc and economic stability.
Speaking at the event, the premier referred to Khan as "someone who is a proud Muslim, a proud Brit and a proud Londoner.
"I'm proud to be here with the mayor of London - with the Labor mayor of London - on this vital, vital issue."
In his remarks, Khan said: "There are many things on which the prime minister and I will disagree. But what's really important is when it's in Londoners' interests for the mayor and the government to work closely together, we will work closely together."
He said a vote to remain in the EU means jobs and opportunities, and "more than half a million jobs" in London depended on the U.K.'s membership in the bloc.
On Sunday, Khan said during a television interview that he and Cameron were never going to be friends, but he was willing to put aside grudges. "This debate is far more important than David Cameron or me," he said.
Cameron was among senior Conservative Party politicians who had questioned Khan’s ability to become London mayor because he allegedly spoke at same events as so-called extremists.