Green councillor calls for County support for People's Vote

12 October 2018

County Councillor Gina Dowding will introduce a motion on Thursday 18th October calling on the County Council to  support  a People's Vote and undertake a full Brexit impact assessment on the County.

Gina said:

" There is increasing concern that there will be no Brexit dividend for Lancashire. What we are likely to see, in fact, are serious negatives associated with leaving the EU. I think it is important that Lancashire undertakes a Brexit impact study so that the true consequences of leaving the EU are made transparent.
 
"I think a Brexit deal, or no deal, that have serious consequences not talked about in the referendum of 2016 deserve to to be debated and voted on by the public. Any deal which threatens to reduce people's quality of life, to leave the health and care sectors facing even more difficulty in recruiting staff, and which will undermine environmental regulations should be rejected." 

 

The full Motion 

Council notes that two years have passed since the EU Referendum and little concrete progress has been made in negotiating the terms of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU.

Lancashire County Council:

-       Recognises the significant support it has received through EU funding over many years. 

-       Notes the reports from 1 August highlighting the serious concerns local authorities have over delivery of public services post-Brexit.

-       Notes the reported difficulties experienced by Lancashire NHS Trusts in recruiting adequate numbers of professionally qualified staff as well as difficulties experienced by the care sector in maintaining a sufficient workforce of care staff.

-       Recognises the mounting popular concern at the prospect of leaving the EU with either a bad deal or no deal at all.

-       Understands that the EU Withdrawal Bill threatens the rights of citizens as well as environmental protections, which could have a negative impact on the quality of life of Lancashire's residents.

-       Shares the anxiety of EU citizens living in the County who feel unwelcome in the place they have made home, and uncertain about their future.

-       Notes that many councils have adopted a motion supporting the calls for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit Deal.

-       Notes that The People’s Vote campaign has worked hard to successfully develop cross-party support at the highest level, with signatories from MPs of the Conservative Party, the Green Party, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrat Party.

-       Notes that many local authority areas have already produced Brexit Impact studies.

Accordingly, Lancashire County Council resolves to:

 -   Conduct and publish without delay a Brexit Impact study for Lancashire.

-       Write to Lancashire's MPs to ask them to support a People’s Vote in the interests of the residents,  businesses and the public sector in the County.






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