A regional network of nine local authority chief executives from across England was established February 2019 to engage with councils in their regions to share information on Brexit preparations.
West Sussex forms part of the South East region
East Sussex County Council is the lead authority for the South East region and their chief executive is acting as the lead contact for the region’s arrangements with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Local Health Resilience Partnership has also been developing contingency plans for a ‘no deal’ Brexit and West Sussex County Council and representatives from Government have been contributing to this work. Simultaneously, all chief executives and Brexit Lead Officers are being kept informed on national policy on Brexit that could have implications for local services, businesses and residents.
Local government arrangements for dealing with the EU Exit within in West Sussex are shared between the County Council and the District and Boroughs Councils, based upon our statutory roles and responsibilities. Alongside our district and boroughs, we are taking all reasonable steps, in line with relevant guidance and messaging coming from the Government and its agencies, to prepare your county for our exit from the EU. The Local Enterprise Partnership also has a role in relation to local businesses.
Preparing our services
Whilst the outcome of the EU Exit process remains uncertain, residents can be reassured that we have done, and are doing, everything within our power to plan for contingencies and to ensure continuity of our services and this is regularly reviewed as new guidance is issued from the Government.
Managing potential risks to our services
Our Executive Team, led by our chief executive, is managing any potential risks to service provision of a ‘no deal’ EU Exit. Where potential risks exist, mitigations are being considered or put in place as appropriate. Discussions and planning exercises have taken place around a wide variety of subjects and potential scenarios.
Updates on our preparations will be posted on these pages. Residents and businesses are reminded that they should always refer to the Government’s main campaign page for the very latest national updates. If you still have any questions regarding the impact of Brexit on you as a resident of West Sussex or a local business owner, please contact us.