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Havering councillors to vote on anti-EU Ukip motion

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:39 26 January 2016

Who would be ruling from Havering Town Hall if 'Hexit' occurred?

Who would be ruling from Havering Town Hall if 'Hexit' occurred?

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Havering Council could become the first in the country to join the anti-EU campaign if a Ukip motion is passed.

Cllr Lawrence WebbCllr Lawrence Webb

The party has called on members to agree that Britain should leave Europe and it will be debated at full council tomorrow night.

The motion was initially rejected by the monitoring officer for not being a local issue, but after being re-worded, it will now be voted on by councillors.

The motion reads: “Due to the negative impact that EU directives such as the agency working time directive and EU procurement rules have on the ability and cost of Havering Council to fulfil its obligations, this council agrees that Britain would be better off outside the European Union.”

Ukip leader, Cllr Lawrence Webb, said he expected to get the numbers needed to vote it through, if it wasn’t filibustered before it could be debated.

“There’s one or two Europhiles but I think we’ve got the numbers,” he said. “I’ll be focusing on how it impacts on Havering, I’ve got about 10 points.”

The council is made up of 54 councillors – 22 Conservative, 11 Residents’ Association, eight East Havering Residents’ Group, six Ukip, five Independent Residents’ Group (IRG) and one Labour.

The IRG has submitted an amendment to the Ukip motion, appearing to agree with the eurosceptics.

The group argues Britain should leave to restore sovereignty, protect the NHS and secure our borders.

However, the East Havering Residents’ Group, who also submitted an amendment, called on the council to let individuals decide for themselves.

Leicester City Council became the first authority to vote to stay in the EU last week.

Watch the debate at havering.gov.uk

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  • Havering Council is about delivery of local services. We vote for national politicians to determine our national policies such as taxation, policing, NHS, immigration, etc. The Council cannot decide whether we remain in the EU or leave, or even influence the government decision on it. The ultimate decision is to be made by the public in a referendum after the sham negotiations by David Cameron. Therefore debating this is gesture politics, while they should be debating why we cannot deliver effective services to our elderly and vulnerable, or allowing our local libraries to be decimated and why they are not protesting more loudly about the cuts in government funding to provide such services. What is the point of electing local councillors if they don't do the job they were elected to do and spend their time debating issues they can't influence and we can decide for ourselves anyway?

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