The three parties with seats on Brighton and Hove City Council today pledged to work together to allow the city to weather any fallout from the political turmoil at Westminster and elsewhere in the wake of the referendum.
Since the country voted out last Thursday, there have been fears of economic downturn and there has been a 57% increase in reported hate crime across the country – although Sussex has not experienced any spike.
With this in mind, the Green, Conservative and Labour groups issued a joint statement to say they would work together to ensure community resilience.
Council leader Warren Morgan said: “The Leaders of all three political parties of Brighton & Hove City Council have agreed to work closely together to ensure that the economic and social well-being of the city is supported through the current period of uncertainty.”
“At this point the full impact of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) is unknown, but our city has a strong track record of economic diversity, growth and community resilience.”
“All agree that the council has a vital role in offering civic leadership and all have pledged to do all they can to work with the business community, universities and trade unions to steady investment certainty and job confidence.
“The chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council is in contact with the chief executive officers of other public sector organisations as well as government departments to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the city’s management over the coming weeks and months.
“This will include working with local community organisations to address concerns including a robust response to any incidences of hate crime.”