Members and supporters will recall that the County Council refused to release their impact assessment in the event of No Deal Brexit that we requested in 2019 because of the “chilling” effect that it would cause. Had the Council have released the assessments our farmers would have been able to prepare for the worst. As they refused to do so, we can’t help but wonder whether our farmers have been let down badly by the leadership of Lincolnshire County Council who backed Brexit to the hilt and promised that Brexit would provide new opportunities for County’s farmers. Indeed in January 2020, Cllr Martin Hill leader of Lincolnshire County Council claimed that the residents of Lincolnshire had placed their trust in the government to deliver a great Brexit and a stronger future.
Now 10 months into life completely outside of Europe we are wondering whether that trust might have been misplaced.
A few weeks ago our Chair made a Freedom of Information request to Lincolnshire County Council.
The request was as follows:-
- Please supply in digital format all and detailed information that you hold on record in respect of impact assessments that have been carried out by the Council in respect of Brexit.
- Please supply in digital format all and detailed information that you hold in respect of Brexit planning work undertaken by the Council.
A response has now been received which has been covered by two countywide newspapers.Read more
In a report commissioned by the People’s Vote campaign, written by Peter Kellner, former President of YouGov, one of Britain’s, most respected pollsters, data from nationwide polling undertaken during the first week of November reveals that in every Lincolnshire constituency, people prefer to choose free trade over immigration controls. This research demonstrates the claim that there is a majority in favour of border controls is now at odds with public opinion.
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