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31.03.16

Core Cities back staying in the EU

Continued EU membership will bring in jobs and investment for cities in the UK, Core Cities council leaders have said.

Leaders and mayors of the UK Core Cities met in Nottingham to publicly declare their support for the UK’s continued membership of the EU in the referendum on 23 June.

They say that the EU has created more than 63,000 jobs and protected at least 16,800 more across Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield, and at least £1.8bn of EU investment has helped build vital infrastructure, from tramlines to trunk roads.

The Core Cities’ UK cabinet said: “From Birmingham to Brno, Manchester to Marseille, Liverpool to Leipzig, the economic fortunes of our great cities and the millions of people who live in them are closely linked to the great cities of the continent.

“Economic security and trade are a big reason to stay in, but our cities also benefit from membership of the EU in other ways that boost our profile and help us prepare for the challenges ahead.

“The Core Cities UK leaders and mayors are clear: We are better off In.”

In contrast, the LGA is staying neutral on the referendum.

Recently, former Core Cities’ cabinet member Sir Albert Bore wrote for PSE on the need to deliver a devolved and joined-up approach to investment, and we interviewed Cllr Julie Dore of Sheffield City Council on place-based spending.

(Image c. Core Cities)

Comments

Gillian   01/04/2016 at 10:51

£1.8bn is a considerable investment from the EU for these cities.This is on top of the billions of pounds they take in Council Tax, parking fines and speed cameras. As the second largest contributor to the EU budget, a large chunk of that money would have been contributed by the UK and paid for by British taxpayers like me. The referendum is not about how much more money Councils and other organisations can receive from the EU, it is about our very existence as an independent country and an opportunity to take back Sovereign powers given away by successive Governments (Labour and Conservative) to Brussels.It is not about local Councils and devolved local Government taking more money from the hard working families across the UK.

Sean G   05/05/2016 at 12:09

Sovereignty is a red herring in a world where conglomerates wield such power. Even if we do 'regain' powers, do we really trust a national government driven by corporate and other interests? Health, education and environment are all undermined and watered down with opinions from expert after expert dismissed to accommodate ideology. So called 'EU Red Tape' are in fact things that protect the environment and safety of food for our families, or ensure businesses aren't misleading or cheating the public through malpractice. Businesses bleat about this as profits and protection of consumers don't always align. I do agree that this shouldn't be about what money councils get - but neither should it be about what UK 'gets back'. It's only right that a wealthy country like ours contributes more than it gains, to help address huge inequalities across the continent, which themselves would cultivate conflict in a divided 'I'm alright Jack' Europe. Crucially, it's a mere few decades since European countries were shelling each other. Unity is the best way to address inequality and guard future peace. This issue alone should trump all others.

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