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30.04.18

EU-reliant council drafts ‘ambitious’ post-Brexit plan to create 20,000 jobs

Cornwall Council has called on the government to devolve more powers to the area as part of its proposed plans to deal with the expected impact of Brexit.

It is estimated that Cornwall earns £1.2bn in exports to the European Union, with around 66% of its exports going to the trade block, which is well above the national average.

With the looming uncertainty of the UK’s position on the single market, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board has put together a post-Brexit plan for the region in preparation for the possibility of losing access to EU markets.

The plan calls for further devolved powers for the regions and outlines potential changes to its economy that could create 20,000 new jobs and rake in an additional £2bn by 2030.

Part of the propositions included making Cornwall the first ‘net extractor’ of marine plastics and expanding the region’s capacities for global industries such as creative and digital technologies and, with the advantage of its costal area, renewable energies.

PSE has contacted Cornwall Council for comment.

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