The Plymouth Brexit Summit will be held on Friday 25 August from 10am-4pm and is kindly being hosted by Plymouth University at the Sherwell Centre on North Hill. The Brexit Summit was one of Luke's election pledges from June where he promised to hold an event to hammer out the city’s Brexit position within his first 100 days as a Plymouth MP. This event delivers on that promise.
The event will see speakers from business, the City Council, Parliament and the European Parliament talk about what their priorities for Plymouth are from Brexit. Luke has invited Ministers and Shadow Ministers to join the event via Skype if they’re unable to join in person.
The event is designed to be a cross-party, non-political conference giving businesses, community groups, industry and educational bodies in Plymouth the chance to set out their policy asks from Brexit. The summit features set piece speeches and also break out workshops - facilitated by local specialists from different sectors - around the key planks of Plymouth’s economy to create draft positions on Brexit for our city. The workshops will cover: Education and skills, Marine and Energy, Food and the Environment, Jobs and Rights at work, Technology and Digital.
The Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Luke Pollard, said:
“Whether you voted Leave or Remain, Brexit is the biggest challenge facing Plymouth and it is vital that our city gets a good Brexit deal. To do that we need a debate on the detail not soundbites. That is why I’m convening the Plymouth Brexit Summit on Friday 25 August to hammer out our city’s position on Brexit. This isn’t about repeating the referendum – that happened last year. This event is about setting out clearly what our city’s position on the detail of Brexit should be.
Plymouth needs to hear from businesses, trade bodies, trade unions, industry, fishing, the Universities and many more about what specific asks do they have in the Brexit negotiations. With the EU Withdrawal Bill being debated in Parliament in September this event will arm me with the detail I need to fight for Plymouth in Westminster.”
The Brexit Summit will take place over three days with two further dates being announced for the general public and for young people to share their thoughts on Brexit and the deal that Plymouth needs.
The link to register for a ticket is here!