Cllrs Geoff Wheeler and Pete Edwards join Council Leaders across the country to call on voters to Remain in the EU
Geoff Wheeler, Leader of Stroud District Council, and Pete Edwards, Leader of Exeter City Council, joined council leaders from across the country by signing a letter warning that “the disastrous economic effects of Brexit could mean catastrophe for our councils’ ability to deliver the services people rely on.”
The letter argues that in order to continue to support local businesses and jobs, remaining in the EU is crucial. The letter argues that in almost every area of council work, leaving the EU would have a negative impact. In particular they use the examples of policing, environmental protection and public health and funding for flood protection as areas that could be damaged if the UK votes for leave in June. They also argue that Brexit would leave local people £450 a year worse off as a result of higher prices on the high street.
Geoff Wheeler, Leader of Stroud District Council, said:
“Membership of the European Union has a beneficial effect across a wide variety of local council services from helping to promote jobs and growth, protecting the natural environment and flood prevention. The potential economic damage from leaving the EU could have very bad consequences for local firms. With local councils becoming more dependent on the rates collected from local businesses, there would also be a severe knock-on effect on council services to the community.”