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Shaping a Successful Brexit for the North East

South Tyneside is leading the way in providing leadership on Brexit for the North East, councillors will be told next week.

The Council is driving an initiative to help start defining priorities for the North East and ensure the region's voice is heard as negotiations unfold.

A report to members of the People Select Committee highlights a BREXploration event staged by South Tyneside Council earlier this year which saw key stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors come together to discuss the challenges raised from the decision to leave the European Union.

Councillor John McCabe, Chair of the People Select Committee, said: "The North East exports more goods and services to the European Union than almost any other region of the UK. It is, therefore, vital that we make ourselves heard as a region as the negotiations move forward.

"While we clearly need to consider what our communities wanted when they voted for Brexit it is also important to provide stability and leadership so that the North East is not disadvantaged.

"Brexit will affect every single area of life so it is critical that we stand united as a region and speak with one voice to make sure the needs and aspirations of the North East are communicated clearly to central government."

The main outcome of the session, including a need for barrier-free trade, a free flow of skilled people, continued protection of workers' rights and replacement of EU funding, will be highlighted in a report and presented to Government.

The People Select Committee will be held on Tuesday, 17 October at 10am in the Council Chamber, South Shields Town Hall. All are welcome.


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