Manchester’s deputy leader meeting with EU’s Brexit chief
Manchester City Council’s deputy leader, Cllr Sue Murphy, is meeting with chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier today in bid to ensure the needs of communities are met after Britain leaves the EU.
The Wythenshawe councillor is among a delegation representing the ten UK cities at the heart of the biggest urban areas outside London, meeting the EU chief negotiator today (Monday, 19 Feb).
They are also the UK’s most significant international centres for trade outside London. It is estimated Core Cities exported over £72 billion in 2016, of which 48% was to the EU, and 52% to non-EU countries.
Cllr Murphy said: “This delegation is not about undermining Brexit. It is about maintaining links and good relations with European partner cities following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. This is vital for future trading – regardless of what the Brexit deal looks like – and we want to ensure we can ensure our relationships remain open and positive, to share ideas and opportunities.”
“International evidence suggests that the most productive cities have the most power over spending on local priorities. Our message to the Government is to deliver a domestic reform agenda that allows cities to take back control on issues such as skills and local economic development.”
The group says that through its partnership with EUROCITIES Core Cities will also be urging other European urban areas to highlight to their governments the importance of a positive relationship between cities.