Newbury Town Council believes that the UK should remain in the EU. At a special meeting of the Council on Thursday 19 September, it was agreed to write to the People’s Vote campaign and West Berkshire for Europe to declare support for a ‘People’s Vote’ referendum on the final Brexit outcome, including an option to remain in the EU.
The Town Council supported our local MP, Richard Benyon in his opposition to leaving the EU without a deal and urged him to continue to work with all like-minded MPs to do all he can to ensure the government does not try to take the UK out of the EU without a deal on 31st October 2019.
Councillor Martin Colston, Leader of the Council, pointed out that the majority of West Berkshire Residents voted to remain in the EU in the Referendum in 2016. He spoke of the expected negative economic impact of a No-Deal Brexit on both Newbury and West Berkshire. “Newbury Town Council represents the views of the people of Newbury and we work with other partners and stakeholders who can improve the quality of life for our citizens. The Town Council is concerned about reports from the Centre for Economic Performance and the London School of Economics, that the value of the local economy is projected to drop by 2.3% in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. As Newbury is the biggest town in West Berkshire, we would be badly hit in the event of such an economic downturn. A shrinking economy leads to lower tax revenues, putting even more strain on already underfunded public services.
To prepare for this we also agreed to write to Michael Gove, MP, who is in charge of No-Deal Planning. We will be requesting additional resources to enable us to carry out a detailed impact study to address the full impact of a No-Deal Brexit on our local economy. This would enable us to prepare a plan to mitigate/deal with the impacts on services run solely by Newbury Town Council and those run in conjunction with West Berkshire Council.”