Calls for Brexit task force in South Cambs

There are calls for a Brexit task force in South Cambs. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

There are calls for a Brexit task force in South Cambs. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

There are calls for a specialist group to investigate the effects of Brexit on the economy of South Cambridgeshire.

Politicians from across the political spectrum would be involved in the group, which would be tasked with investigating what could happen politically and economically to the district if the UK were to leave the EU.

Councillors from Cambridge City Council are also encouraged to take part.

A report which will come before South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet meeting tomorrow proposes the establishment of a “cross party advisory group” to review and advise the leader and cabinet on the potential impact of Brexit on South Cambridgeshire.

While the report acknowledges it will be “difficult to predict” what effect Brexit will have on South Cambridgeshire, it calls on local councillors to work together to prepare.

The report recommends the cabinet establishes a time limited advisory group to review and report on the potential impacts of Brexit on South Cambridgeshire and to recommend actions to mitigate those impacts where relevant and appropriate.

The advisory group should be made up of five Liberal Democrats, two Conservatives and one Labour or Independent member. It is also advised the cabinet requests that the advisory group consider the involvement of city council members.

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“The negotiation process in respect of the UK leaving the EU continues to progress,” the report reads.

“Whilst it is difficult at this stage to predict with confidence what the implications for South Cambridgeshire will be, establishing a Brexit Advisory Group will assist the council in understanding the potential impact and developing the council’s approach to respond to that impact.

“The advisory group would review and advise the leader and cabinet on the risks, challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit and to make recommendations on any actions the council can take to mitigate the impacts, such as lobbying or undertaking local projects.”

On Thursday last week Cambridge City Council heard from leader, Councillor Lewis Herbert, that he was already working with Councillor Bridget Smith, leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, to consider how the city and its neighbours could safeguard the economy against a “chaotic exit” from the EU.

Mr Herbert said: “There is a major fear of a chaotic exit from the EU. We have to make sure we protect jobs.”

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