Preparing for Brexit

Like me, I am sure that you have been following the ongoing developments about Brexit with interest and wondering what is going to happen.

Clearly this still remains in the hands of the Government and our MPs in Westminster, but there is no doubt that whatever happens, the whole issue will affect all of us

I want to reassure people that as part of our normal contingency planning, we continue to work closely with all our partners including district and borough councils, police, fire and the NHS, to put together plans for various outcomes.  

For some time now too, we have also been working with various Government departments and organisations that represent councils to help shape the national direction and raise Staffordshire’s profile in preparing for the future.

Our priority, and mine as leader of the county council regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, is to make sure that Staffordshire remains a place where everyone has the opportunity to be prosperous, to be healthy, and to be happy. 

I have blogged about this many times before, but a major part of this work is to encourage investment in Staffordshire and means Staffordshire continuing to be an attractive place for people to live and work.

By doing so, we can help people to access more and better jobs, the schools and training that they need, and the infrastructure – homes, roads, health services, schools, and transport links to be able to maintain the excellent quality of life that we enjoy.

This work would be happening whether Brexit was an issue or not. What Brexit has shown is that Staffordshire is a place that people still want to invest in and that our county is an area where people want to live, despite the uncertainty of the past few years.

I do know that there is still some uncertainty in both the business community and within the communities of Staffordshire about Brexit, but rest assured, we are keeping a close eye on whatever happens so that Staffordshire remains prepared and ready for whatever the future may bring.

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