Pendle Council set out its “Brexit” stall at its meeting on Thursday. The
Council passed a resolution moved by the Deputy Leader of the Council,
Councillor Tony Greaves (Liberal Democrat) and seconded by Councillor
Yasser Iqbal (Labour) calling for a number of safeguards for Pendle and its
Councillor Paul White (Conservative) had moved a motion calling on all
Councillors to “support HM Government in ensuring the United Kingdom leave
the European Union” but later accepted the Liberal amendment to replace it
with a list of measures to “protect, support and enhance the position of the
residents of Pendle in whatever new agreements are sought and reached”
as a result of the Referendum decision.
The five points included “that the financial position of local authorities such
as Pendle must not be further worsened and should, if possible, be
improved, and that the Government must give “an immediate guarantee that
the existing rights of citizens of other European Union countries who are
already living in Pendle will be protected”.
It called for the recognition and protection of the position of manufacturing
including the aerospace industry, and no weakening of environmental
legislation and employment rights, and that support for local farming must
be kept in place.
The Council also recorded its shock at the reported increases in race hate
crimes and antisocial behaviour directed at EU citizens in the UK and other
ethnic minorities since the referendum result was announced including in
Pendle. It resolved to call an early meeting with the local police and
other agencies to consider how it can help with this problem.
Councillor Greaves said: “We deliberately tabled a motion that might unify
the very different views on the Council about the referendum itself and the
result. I hope that we will now keep a regular watching brief on what is
happening in order to be able to stick up for the interests of Pendle and its
people as events develop.”