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Councils begin planning for post-Brexit disruption and social unrest

Councils around the UK have begun planning for potential social unrest and disruption in case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, according to a Sky News investigation.

Almost 30 local authorities responded to Sky News’ FoI requests, expressing serious concerns over their ability to deliver local services in light of mounting uncertainty over the outcomes of the Brexit negotiations.

Social care, border control, food and medicine availability, and even fears of ‘social unrest’ are amongst the implications of which are being considered.

Sky News revealed that Dover District Council and Kent County Council had separately suggested plans for a 13-mile-long lorry park on the southbound M20 motorway in case of disruption at ports and border checks, which could be needed for four years or more.

It also discovered that Pembrokeshire County Council drew up a Brexit risk assessment table, listing 19 ways in which exiting the EU might impact its services. The only positive listed was that people might move away, thereby relieving demand on services. 

A common issue raised by councils was a frustration over the lack of information and guidance from central government, as well as concerns over EU funding and whether this would be fully replaced by the Treasury.

Bristol council warned of a “top-line threat” of social unrest and disillusionment as voters of both Leave and Remain did not feel their concerns were being met.

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