Manchester City Council


Referendum over. A clear victory for Leave but still no clue to what happens next. If we are to avoid a flight of investment and a loss of jobs, what is needed is quick and decisive action from government.

Guarantees that local authorities like Manchester will be 100% compensated for loss of EU income. Guarantees that the position of EU students is secure, and that EU workers who have helped fuel the economic growth that we all have benefitted from, and EU workers who have helped keep public services, particularly the Health service, going, are secure and have an ongoing place in this country. Business needs guarantees that there is an ongoing commitment to international trade and we aren't suddenly going to introduce a whole range of tariffs.

Personally I find the outcome of the referendum deeply depressing and that Manchester voted overwhelmingly for Remain is little consolation. It's not just the result that is depressing. The way much of both the In and Out campaigns were conducted - a mixture of lies and exaggeration - further undermined the credibility of politicians and did nothing to help people make up their minds. At some point our national politicians have to realise that our electorate deserves better. Worst of all though is that the voting demonstrated that we live in a very divided Britain, with around 50% of the population wanting the sort of country the other half don't. This is geographic but also demographic, with a tendency for younger people to want a more open, tolerant progressive Britain, and older people tending to want a more conservative Britain rooted in a fondly remembered past.

The biggest task for all politicians is to find a way of reconciling these diametrically opposed views of what Britain should be like and that is not going to be achieved by the sort of politics we have seen over the last few months.

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There are 4 responses to “DisUK”

  1. franky Says:

    The leaders of EU are saying we have to start negotians quickly, they cannot stay in limbo for long. Meanwhile the Outers are saying we have lots of time to negotiate. It seems to me that the Outers don't know what they have let us into!

  2. Anon Says:

    OK, (deep breath).

    This was a rage by half the country that feel abandoned.

    And yet Manchester, like London and Liverpool, voted 60% remain.

    Manchester is an international city. Even now. Greater Manchester, less so.

    The politics of leadership now is to grow internationalism across GM, but not elite events with suits but real people, real communities, real lives. School exchanges. Co-ops. Residents Associations. Health Groups. Yes, old soldiers too.

  3. Anon Says:

    We read that Corbyn has sacked Benn.

    Labour members need to decide if they really want power again, or to be a Lenninist Dominoes Club. Pie and peas, two pounds extra.

  4. Ian Caveney Says:

    I would like you and all 10 LA leaders to come out and give a positive message about tolerance, contribution of all communities but also about how racism and intolerance are not welcome and will be acting on swifly.
    I would also like to see a positive announcement about the economy in Manchester and our status as an open global city, open to trade and open to people.
    We have a responsibility as Britain's second city to set the tone and show that Manchester is for tolerance, openess and growth.
    It would be helpful to be reading this in the news in the next few hours.



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