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Norfolk County Council is "complacent" over its no-deal Brexit preparations

August 28, 2019 10:16 AM

Councillor Ed Maxfield, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Norfolk County Council, in response to Nofolk County Council's No Deal Exit strategy said -

"The threat of a No Deal Brexit is real and it represents a potential national crisis. But I get no sense of urgency and no sense of leadership from Norfolk County Council's preparations.

The Council admits that critical items in its own preparations are 'on-going'. It looks like the last face to face engagement they had with the government was a 'table top exercise' in December last year. The officer in charge of preparations is currently on holiday and there has been silence from the council's political leadership. They even blocked a Lib Dem attempt to debate Brexit at the last full council meeting.

All the risk factors are marked as medium which smacks of 'just stick a tick somewhere in the middle'. The risks in health and care are huge - both in terms of supplies of essential materials but also the status of EU staff working in the sector.

Government efforts are nothing short of a joke. Last week they told us they are giving Norfolk County Council £87,500 to fund Brexit preparations. Norfolk County Council is a £1 billion a year organisation. What are they supposed to do with £87,500?

I'm writing to the key providers of public services in Norfolk to ask for their views on the state of the County's readiness for a No Deal Brexit. I wonder if they will be as complacent as the County Council appears to be."

Councillor Ed Maxfield

Photo of Ed Maxfield

The Eastern Daily Press Article on this subject is here - https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/politics/norfolk-county-council-no-deal-brexit-report-1-6237023