Impact of Brexit on Barnet to be discussed by councillors

Following the outcome of the EU Referendum vote last Thursday, councillors on Barnet's Policy & Resources committee (P&R) will discuss the implications of Brexit for Barnet at their meeting today (Tuesday 28 June).

The discussion follows a pro-EU Labour motion debated at the 4 April Full Council meeting that was amended and referred to P&R to enable discussion of the Referendum outcome and the impact it could have on Barnet.

Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Barry Rawlings said: "Although the national result is not what I was hoping for, I am proud of the people of Barnet and the fact that the high turnout locally translated into a vote to remain part of the EU for a more open, tolerant world. 

"I am also proud that in London we rejected the nasty politics of some in the Leave campaign who tried to divide people and communities based on their faith or country of origin.

"It is disappointing, however, that two out of the three Barnet Tory MPs did not support the majority of their residents in arguing for us to remain in the EU.

“The decision has been made, although it has left our country divided as never before. It is now our collective duty to ensure the best outcome for everyone – including those on the lowest incomes who will be hit hardest by economic uncertainty as a result of Brexit.

"The consequences are very worrying - it has had an immediate impact on financial markets and this will have a knock-on effect on prices, jobs and public services. 

“I agree with the statement issued by the Local Government Association: local government needs a seat at the EU exit negotiation table to ensure that EU laws and regulations affecting it are transferred to local government and not centralised in Westminster.

"We also need to support our Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in arguing for the best possible outcome for London overall in these negotiations. 

"There needs to be a proper understanding of the impact of Brexit on our local area and any further cuts to local government - particularly as some of the key claims made by the Leave campaign are now unravelling.

"In Barnet that conversation will start today when the Policy & Resources Committee discusses a motion agreed by all Parties asking for an assessment of the impact of Brexit on Barnet’s public services, jobs, businesses and residents.

“Brexit also affects thousands of EU citizens who are Barnet residents - many of whom will have lived here for most of their lives, and who we now need to reassure."

Ends.

Notes:

1. For a copy of the cross-party motion to be discussed at P&R tomorrow see: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s32722/Resolution%20of%20Full%20Council%20-%204%20April%20-%20Opposition%20Motion%20in%20the%20name%20of%20Councillor%20Alon%20Or-bach%20-%20EU.pdf

2. For a copy of the pro-EU Labour motion discussed at full council on 4 April see: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s31194/Amendment%20in%20name%20of%20Cllr%20Edwards.pdf

For more information contact Cllr Rawlings: cllr.b.rawlings@barnet.gov.uk

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

 

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