Councillors from all political parties should be involved in addressing the challenges to local government of the UK leaving the European Union.
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Councillor Rachel Reid said,
“We are very concerned about the impact to Council services and our residents since the results of the Referendum to leave the EU. To ensure Kingston Borough is fully informed, I am asking the Council Leader to establish a cross-party steering group as soon as possible.”
“A number of issues come immediately to mind: What will happen to the European funding received by the Council and how will this impact on our plans? What will we do to offer advice and support to local businesses? What plans are there in place in terms of economic hardship that could arise if firms relocate or if prices go up? ”
“I am sure that others will have further issues to discuss and we must of course reaffirm our commitment to work with the police and other public services to protect local residents and stamp out xenophobia and racism.”
Cllr Reid concluded saying,
“Although we think our country would have been better served by remaining in Europe, we will be working as hard as possible on the Council to ensure RBK is well placed to tackle any of the challenges ahead.”