Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Brexit Taskforce, responds to Brexit impact assessments being prepared by councils.
“The UK’s exit from the EU will have a significant impact on local government, creating challenges that need to be addressed but also opportunities to do things differently.
“Councils up and down the country are taking a lead on preparations for Brexit because our residents and our local businesses expect us to be ready. These documents represent councils preparing for what the practical implications of a Brexit negotiation may be.
“Brexit will ultimately be judged as a success or failure by localities: real people in real communities. That’s why we are working with Government and engaging with the expertise of local government to ensure we get these crucial negotiations right for local communities.”