HARLOW Council is continuing to prepare for Brexit. This comes after the government ordered councils to step up preparation for a no-deal Brexit in October.
As part of their action, local authorities have been told to nominate a designated person in charge of getting ready as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration pledges to leave the EU “whatever the circumstances”.
A Harlow Council spokesperson said: “Harlow Council’s Senior Management Board have been regularly reviewing information and guidance being sent out by Government. Most of the focus so far has been around issues relating to control of people movements through ports/airports and goods flowing in and out of the country; these are border control issues which mainly fall outside of Harlow’s areas of responsibility.
Police are also heavily involved from a transportation point of view and keeping the country moving, ensuring goods and food/fuel can continue to be moved on the road network. They are especially involved in planning for the issues of freight congestion and projects such as Operation Brock on the M20 in Kent. They are also considering the problems of potential civil unrest and how this could be policed if it were to occur.
Harlow is represented through Essex Resilience Direct, which is a multi-agency partnership made up of representatives from local public services. It continues to monitor the situation closely and will signpost any local resident or business in need of guidance on Brexit matters as required.
Communities and local government secretary Robert Jenrick said £20m had been allocated to councils on top of £58m earmarked in January.
Mr Jenrick said: “From Whitehall to town halls, everyone needs to be ready to fulfil our democratic mandate to leave the European Union by the end of October.
“Local government has a vital role in helping to make Brexit a success and it is absolutely right that together we intensify preparations in every community.
“I want all of us – central and local government – to be fully prepared for leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances. I know that we can achieve this, by continuing to work side by side with renewed national focus and intensity.”
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