Hundreds of London Taxi drivers have backed Brexit, arguing that an independent Britain would be better placed to secure the infrastructure and investment their city needs to succeed.
“We believe that to keep London a buzzing city, full of trade and tourism, we must Vote Leave and take back control so we can invest in our country and our future, instead of paying to build roads and bridges in Greece,” they said in a statement signed by more than 200 drivers.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, driver Nicola Beasley said: “The black cab is one of London’s most recognised icons and whenever I pick up tourists they always say it’s one of the things they love about Britain.
“Britain is a great country and it can be greater still if we get our independence back. The only way to do this is to take back control and vote leave on the 23rd of June.”
Richard Patient, Chairman of Vote Leave London, commented: “It was wonderful to hear from so many cabbies, who told me most of their conversations with passengers recently have been about the referendum, and mostly about their passengers’ disgruntlement with the EU.
“Just like other small business owners and entrepreneurs, London cabbies overwhelmingly want to take back control and that’s why they will be voting Leave this Thursday.”
The London black cab, known as a hackney carriage, has been an iconic feature of the landscape of Britain’s capital since 1897, and their drivers have become known as the embodiment of London working class culture. As Breitbart London reporter Oliver Lane wrote last year:
“The black cab trade is a staunch outpost of traditional cockneyism, which has against all probability defied the diversity of London, and the vehicles they drive are as iconic as the red Routemaster bus or the Palace of Westminster.”