by Steff on 23 September, 2019
As you will know the Liberal Democrats’ long-held position is to stop Brexit.
The rationale for this is that, since Parliament has failed to deliver on the outcome of 2016’s advisory referendum in which roughly 1/3 of the population at that time voted to leave, it is vital that the option to remain in the EU be on ‘the ticket’, whether Brexit is settled by a people’s vote or in a general election in which our position if elected with a majority, will be to revoke article 50 and cancel Brexit.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn’s labour party appears to be adopting a ‘last person standing’ approach to settle its policy on Brexit.
And of course: the Conservatives. They keep pulling the handle but it just won’t flush. Even Ken Clark has gone down the pan. There must surely be conservative members who are deeply concerned about Johnson’s obsession with his own career by pursuing a no deal Brexit.
Meanwhile we must be prepared for all scenarios.
The Government’s own Operation Yellowhammer documents state what could be the effects of no deal, which include a reduction in choice and availability of food, the potential price increases for utilities, food and fuel, a rise in public disorder and community, and tensions resulting from a shortage of food and drugs.
These views are indeed confirmed in Norfolk County Council’s EU “No deal” Exit Strategy, which also raises other issues such as disruption to care provision and food supply chain problems to Norfolk schools and care homes.
We all surely believe that Norfolk’s people should be protected as far as possible from the effects of a No Deal Brexit.
The motion I proposed this morning called on the council to report to all members and the public through its normal media channels weekly on what measures the County Council has in place for coping with the effects of a no deal Brexit.
And to report to all members and the public through its normal media channels weekly on the work that is being done to protect Norfolk’s public should a no deal Brexit happen.
I’m sure, whatever your views on Brexit, our need for preparedness should be central to our concern as a council. But this seems to be a view that the Conservatives don’t share – they voted against the motion. So we’d just better hope they’ve got their plans together…3 Comments