York’s Liberal Democrat, Labour and Green Groups and have issued a cross-party letter to the Tory Government, registering their concerns of a ‘No-Deal Brexit’ and its potential impact on the City of York, and calling for urgent reassurance that they will prevent this from happening.
It is now more than two years since the EU referendum and the UK economy is now the slowest growing economy in Europe, reducing the prosperity of the UK and York residents.
Given the recent events of a ‘no-confidence vote’ in the Prime Minister, and the postponement of Parliament’s Meaningful Vote, the likelihood of a No-Deal Brexit has significantly increased. It is also becoming increasingly clear that a No-Deal Brexit would represent the worst case scenario for the UK and will have the most impact on public services here in York.
If MPs reject the Brexit Deal in Parliament, then all options to break the deadlock to prevent a No-Deal, including extending Article 50, a People’s Vote and a General Election, should be urgently considered.
Cllr Keith Aspden, Group Leader of York Liberal Democrats, said:
“Brexit is an extremely important issue for the city and that is why we are working with across political parties and stakeholders on this.”
“With the continuing drama in Westminster, it is clear to see that Tory infighting is leading the UK towards the most dangerous of scenarios; a No-Deal Brexit. A No-Deal Brexit poses the greatest threat to public services here in York and it is time the Tory’s face reality and give the people the final say on the Brexit deal, before they plummet the country into turmoil.”