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Weekly Edition - Published  28 July 2016

 

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Northern Councils to play a leading role in Brexit Negotiations

FOLLOWING the decision that Britain will leave the European Union, Leaders across the Liverpool City Region are working together to identify what impact this will have for the City Region and have also broadened this partnership by working across the North of the country.

The needs of the Liverpool City Region and Northern region as a whole must be taken into account when negotiating Brexit, and this can be done best by having people from the City Region directly involved. 

Mayor Joe Anderson, alongside the Chairs of the Combined Authorities for Greater Manchester, North East, Sheffield City Region and West Yorkshire, recently wrote to the Prime Minister to point out that the 5 Northern Combined Authorities have a stronger economy than Scotland and a population greater than London, which shoes exactly why the North of England needs to be involved in the Brexit negotiations. 

Councillor Phil Davies, Portfolio Lead for Economic Development for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said:- "I was interested to hear Greg Clark's speech at the recent Local Government Association conference, in which he confirmed that local government would be involved in the Brexit negotiations. The question is how? As a City Region, we have joined forces with the other Combined Authority leaders in the North of England to call for a seat at the Brexit negotiating table."

There is a lot at stake for the City Region, which was due to benefit from a commitment of over £200m of European Union funding over the next few years. In addition, many organisations would have been bidding for other European programmes such as those for connectivity and innovation. When combined with other sources, the impact is that over £400m of investment is potentially at risk; along with job opportunities (estimated to be 2,100 jobs) and economic growth in the area which the funding would have helped to create 2,100 new business start ups and assisted over 6,700 businesses.  Cllr Davies added:- "It's quite clear that these negotiations will now be about returning powers from the European Union to this country. There's no reason at all why those powers should simply return to national Government; we believe that they should be returned directly to local decision makers and the Combined Authority is now placed ideally to take those powers on. This will be a priority for us as part of the negotiations."

 

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