Doubts raised over Brussels presence
Political editor Paul Francis
It has been a momentous week in politics and the impact of the Brexit vote is rippling out into all sorts of areas and raising questions about the future of, well, lots of things. Such as whether Kent County Council is poised to trigger its own Article 50 and negotiate its own withdrawal from Brussels.
No, we are not overstating things. The big question is whether KCC now needs office space in Brussels after the referendum.
The costs associated with this have been criticised by opposition parties but the Conservatives insisted it pays its way.
In a report in 2014, county councillors produced a report that urged “the role of KCC’s Brussels Office is strengthened and refocused towards policy, influencing and the provision of guidance to KCC and Kent organisations with a particular emphasis on accessing EU Thematic funding and new Interreg funds.”
After the referendum, of course, KCC won’t be able to avail itself of this form of funding.
IT was good of Ukip leader Nigel Farage to appear in Brussels for a debate among MEPs about the future of the EU after the Brexit.
He was in combative mood, firing off on all fronts about the decision to cut loose from the EU. “You’re not laughing now,” he taunted MEPs. “You are in denial,” he declared. Before adding that a “grown-up and sensible attitude to how we negotiate a different relationship” was needed. Grown up, did he say? Hmm.