City’s Brexit preparations continue, as major vote looms

On the eve of Parliaments ‘meaningful vote’, preparations in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit continue to be made here in York.


With the Prime Minister’s deal increasingly likely to be voted down in Parliament, work is continuing at City of York Council to review the nature of all Brexit scenarios and determine any potential impact on services.

The Council also continues to work closely with partners across the city to understand the wider implications for York and, where possible, provide support and access to information to residents, businesses and partners organisations.

A report secured by Liberal Democrat Councillors will be presented to the Council’s Executive on the 20th December, in order to provide an update on Brexit preparations across the city.


Cllr Andrew Waller, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader of the Council, commented:

“With growing uncertainty mounting in Westminster, and the chances of the Prime Minsters deal being passed looking slimmer, it is absolutely vital that as a Council, we continue to prepare for all scenarios and help minimise any potential disruption to the city and our local economy.”

“We want to provide as much information as possible to help support residents and businesses across York, and that is why I have secured a further report on our preparations for Brexit on the 20th December.”  


Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Exiting the European Union, added:

“The Liberal Democrats have led the campaign for a people’s vote. We are proud to have tabled an amendment which, if passed, would ensure the people get the final say on Brexit.”

“Whilst we have heard warm words from Labour MPs, including the shadow chancellor, Labour seem unlikely to support a final say despite it being popular with their voters and members. However, if Labour MPs and others who are concerned about the country’s future want to join us, Liberal Democrats would welcome their support.”

“The Conservative government have brought a deal back that nobody wanted nor voted for. If Theresa May thinks the country is with her she must put it to the test by offering a people’s vote with an option to remain in the EU.”

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