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Councillor Vince Maple critical of lack of Medway Council Brexit report

Medway Council’s opposition leader says he is "disappointed" the authority will not publish a public document about how Brexit may affect its operation.

Cllr Vince Maple (Lab) shared his views on cabinet’s decision made earlier this month to ignore the business support overview and support scrutiny committee's request at a meeting held last night.

He said: “I have to voice my disappointment at the cabinet, who obviously weren’t here for the detailed debate we had that night on the potential impact of Brexit to Medway.

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“The fact the cabinet chose to make the decision they did in not providing a brief public document is disappointing, bearing in mind the lengthy but helpful and positive conversation we had on this committee.

“I’m disappointed – rarely, I have to say – that in this case the cabinet has chosen to ignore the wishes of this committee.”

Deputy chief executive Richard Hicks has previously said senior officers have a “watching brief” regarding potential impacts of a Brexit deal or no-deal, which deputy leader Cllr Howard Doe (Con) confirmed this month.

Voting against producing a public Brexit assessment document, he added: “What that doesn’t mean is we’re not watching the situation.

"(But) you can’t measure something until you’ve got the thing to measure.”

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