Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats have called on Cambridgeshire County Council to recognise the damage that Brexit will cause to the county and to Britain and to back a People’s Vote on the final deal.
The Lib Dems want the people of Britain to have the final say with the option of staying in the EU.
The Lib Dem motion, below, was however rejected by the Conservatives.
This Council notes:
- the economically damaging effects of Brexit on local residents and businesses, and on its own financial position;
- the poor progress made by government in planning for withdrawal from the European Union;
- the significant risk of a particularly damaging ‘no- deal Brexit’; and
- the refusal of the Prime Minister to support giving the British public the final say on any deal.
The Council’s own current business planning cites risks arising from Brexit including
- the effect of a national economic downturn
- workforce recruitment and retention issues
Local small, medium and large Cambridgeshire businesses face these same risks and pressures.
Any further rise in cost of living arising from a national economic downturn will inevitably fall to Cambridgeshire residents, in turn bringing further pressures on this Council, which is already facing significant financial challenge in delivering essential public services to the people it is meant to serve.
Therefore, this Council supports the growing People's Vote campaign, whereby the British people would vote in a referendum on the specific terms of Brexit, including an option to remain in the European Union, in order to have a say in what they deem to be in their own and Britain’s best interests now and for the next generation.