As the Conservative Government teeters on the edge of a No Deal Brexit, North Devon Liberal Democrats are continuing to put pressure on Conservative led North Devon District Council (NDDC) to URGENTLY start planning for Brexit in North Devon.
In September Liberal Democrats on NDDC successfully led a motion which would have ensured that businesses and services in North Devon would have a chance to prepare for Brexit by making them aware of any new regulations that might impact on them, post Brexit.
However, Tory Leader of NDDC, Cllr Braily, has cancelled meetings of the Cross Party Working Group set up to address this increasingly vital work. Speculation is increasing that NDDC Conservatives are fearful of the shambolic state of affairs within their own Conservative Government.
Cllr David Worden, Leader of the NDDC Lib Dems says; “Whilst the Conservative Westminster Government is gridlocked over Brexit, it appears that the Conservatives on NDDC are determined that NDDC’s forward planning should be put on hold too. This is highly irresponsible. We know from the Government’s own statistics that GDP in the S West is set to fall by at least 5% post Brexit, even with a “soft” deal. Our farmers, our businesses, our infrastructure and our future as a prosperous community are at risk. We need to be prepared, whatever Parliament decides”.
Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for North Devon adds, “This is not about whether North Devon voted Remain or Leave. We need to make sure our North Devon community has the best possible chance of making the most of Brexit – not waiting to see what happens when it is too late. The late Paddy Ashdown’s concerns that “Brexit means opening the door to cheap food worldwide”, resonate here in North Devon, where our farmers rely on EU Common Agricultural Policy funding and food quality regulations to secure their markets.
Like the Conservatives in Westminster and the Conservatives on NDDC have, once again, put Party before prosperity. I am hugely relieved that the Liberal Democrats are raising these very real concerns”.