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Scilly Councillor asks for Brexit assurance

An Isles of Scilly Councillor has asked for clarification from the Chief Executive about the risks to the Council in the event of a no deal Brexit.

The query has been submitted by Cllr Jonathan Smith as a 'Question under Standing Order 14' for the next Council meeting on April 11th.

Standing Order 14 allows Members to ask a question that demands a full response from the person to whom it was addressed.

Cllr Smith asks: "What measures are the Council of the Isles of Scilly taking to prepare for Brexit? In light of the current extreme political uncertainty at Westminster, the chances of a no-deal Brexit are high. In the event of a disorderly exit from the European Union, what risks are the Council of the Isles of Scilly exposed to, and what mitigation measures can be taken?

"Furthermore, if this were to happen in a very short time frame - as is possible, would the Council be faced with any additional negative issues? There could also be wider threats to the Islands, such as risks to essential food and energy supplies. What role could this Council play in mitigating such potential risks?"

It was announced in January that the Council of the Isles of Scilly would receive £210,000 from the Government to help with costs caused by Brexit.

The sum is part of a £56.5 million handout to councils over the next two years to prepare for the UK's departure from the EU, along with a pledge that any future costs will be fully funded.


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