Havering councillors to vote on anti-EU Ukip motion
PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:39 26 January 2016
Havering Council could become the first in the country to join the anti-EU campaign if a Ukip motion is passed.
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