London may look to secure the right to recruit people from the EU in the aftermath of leaving, mayor Sadiq Khan told business bosses.
He told the Institute of Directors that he is planning a summit, due to be held in 2017, to consider proposals on how to achieve this.
He said: “London’s businesses must retain access to the skilled workforce they need in order to grow – it’s absolutely essential to protecting jobs, growth and tax revenues across Britain over the next decade.
“If the government ignores the needs of business and pushes ahead with a new system that cuts off access to skilled workers, then we will have no choice but to look at a London-specific solution.
“The City of London Corporation and London Chamber of Commerce have already done some crucial early thinking about options – but we need to go further and faster to make the case to the government and develop a new system.”
But a spokesperson for the Department for Exiting the European Union told the BBC: “We’re determined to get the best possible deal for the UK and are preparing for a smooth and orderly exit from the EU.
“There is no benefit to Britain by providing a running commentary on every twist and turn of these negotiations.
“However, it must be a priority to regain control over the number of people coming to the UK from Europe while getting the right deal for trade in goods and services.”