As a newly elected councillor in Hove I used my first ever speech at the full council meeting this week to make it clear to the chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council, Geoff Raw, that our city needs a robust contingency plan for the terrifying eventually of a no-deal Boris Brexit.
I believe that the risks to the people of Brighton and Hove as laid out by Sussex University among many others – such as the loss of 4,000 jobs in a “negative shock to employment” – demand that our council be as well prepared as possible to protect residents from these shocks.
I am encouraging the chief executive in the strongest of terms to ensure we have applied for all government funding available so that we can shield ourselves as best we can from the worst effects of no deal.
As the research from Sussex University made clear, a no-deal Brexit would place huge burdens on the 30,000 small businesses in the city, will put those in need of urgent medication at risk and jeopardise the housing and education sectors.
Inevitably, a lot of the work to help those affected will fall on the voluntary sector so I am shouting loudly that this sector in our city needs support and money.
And they need to start building and planning now. A delay is not acceptable.
Finally, I used my speech to reach out to Brighton and Hove’s Conservative councillors.
The best way that we can avoid shocks to our economy from a Boris Brexit is to stop Brexit altogether.
That is why I strongly believe that every councillor in the city should be campaigning for Boris’s deal to be presented to the public in a confirmatory vote.
I hope for the sake of the residents in our city that we can unite as a council and stop the disaster that would be a Boris Brexit.
Chris Henry is Labour councillor. He represents Westbourne ward on Brighton and Hove City Council.