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Council report on Brexit impact still not ready for publishing...

... as Brexit date looms this week

John Herring

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Should there be a second Brexit referendum?

WEST Berkshire Council will not be publishing its report into the impact of Brexit until the “picture becomes clearer”.

This is despite there being just a week to go until the UK’s planned departure date. 

The Newbury Weekly News asked the council in August last year whether it had prepared a risk assessment on the impact of leaving the EU.

At the time the council said that it had not prepared a report and that it “was something under discussion”.  

In January, it said that a report had been prepared, but the contents could not be shared as it was in the draft phase.

The council added that it planned to publish the report “within the next few months”.

And with just over a week until the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union, unless the Prime Minister negotiates the delay of Article 50 with the EU, the NWN asked whether the report could be published. 

In response, council spokesman Martin Dunscombe said: “West Berkshire Council continues to monitor the arrangements for leaving the EU, and keeps under review any potential impact on the district.

“A report on the potential impact of Brexit has been prepared and continues to be updated as a working document as the situation evolves.

“The situation remains fluid and we will not therefore be in a position to publish our plan until the national picture becomes clearer.

“West Berkshire has a strong and diverse economy which puts the district in a good position to deal with whatever the impact ofBrexit.

“The council continues to work internally, and with its partners including the Local Government Association, Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and South East England Councils to monitor and prepare for exiting the EU.”

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  • rachaele

    25/03/2019 - 23:11

    Kent County Council has implemented their “no deal” Brexit plan today. Even if the council is too cash strapped to plan for a no deal Brexit, the lack of a risk assessment is a poor example to show local businesses. Due diligence on supply chains, examining potential VAT issues, being prepared for possible staff attrition cost businesses peanuts compared to the potential cost savings that could be made. The most savvy businesses could even use the situation to their competitive advantage if they’re able to hit the ground running. Parliament might be f*cked up, but businesses need to be one step ahead now.

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  • rachaele

    25/03/2019 - 10:10

    We cannot wait to plan until the "picture becomes clearer". Whatever we voted in 2016, the chance of a no deal Brexit now is higher than ever and if this isn't planned for, we'll be playing catch-up. The council owes it to the businesses of the area to have a cohesive report (containing recommendations for organisations) available *now*.

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