Jude and Paul have today welcomed the visit of the House of Commons Committee for Exiting the European Union to the North East. The Committee is here to take evidence from representatives of the North East at a hearing taking place at Sunderland Civic Centre.
The hearing will give a chance for North Eastern individuals and organisations, who advocated both Leave and Remain, to voice their opinions to the influential select committee on the process of leaving the EU, the future EU-UK relationship, and key actions for the government.
This echoes the work that Jude and Paul have already been doing in our region. Their 'Plan for the North East’ is a result of months of discussions, with the general public and stakeholders around our region, to see what the North East wants out of Brexit negotiations. The interim findings of this report were presented at an event at the Centre for Life on the 18th November and the final report will be presented to negotiators on both the British and European side of negotiations early next year.
Jude Kirton-Darling MEP said:
“It is great news that the Committee have decided to hold their first public hearing in our region. The North East voted to leave the EU but so far the opportunities to find out what people want have been few and far between at national level. Our region has specific challenges as a result of Brexit, as we are so dependent economically on EU trade and investment, at the same time there are opportunities for rebalancing decision-making and devolving political decisions. It's important that the select committee hears voices from across the region representing how people voted on 23 June. Hopefully the work we are doing as North East MEPs, along with that of the Select Committee, will mean that the EU exit negotiations are led by what our region needs to ensure jobs and growth locally, rather than a battle of ideological positions inside the Conservative Party”
Paul Brannen MEP said:
“I welcome this meeting. It shows that Westminster is starting to pay attention to local areas. The findings of this meeting, along with our ‘Plan for the North East’, will help to show the EU that our region has a set of concerns that must be addressed, and will put pressure on the UK government to produce a Brexit that is good for the country, and good for the North East”