A week ago on Friday, Luke Pollard MP delivered on one of his election pledges and hosted The Plymouth Brexit Summit. The event was held at Plymouth University's Sherwell Centre and saw over 160 delegates come together from Plymouth's political parties, businesses and community organisations to discuss what Brexit means for Plymouth and what a good Brexit deal will look like. The results will soon be published and will include a set of clear asks for Luke to take to parliament to use as his guide throughout the Brexit process.
You can see a quick round up of the Brexit summit below and we will publishing more content from the Summit, including voxpops with all the key speakers shortly.
"During the election I promised that if elected I'd host this event within 100 days. Promise made, promise delivered. This event wasn't about re-running the referendum, rather it was about getting into the detail of what Brexit deal Plymouth needs. We have a diverse economy and I wanted to hear from representatives of those sectors.
I want to thank the speakers from fishing to farming, from tech start ups to local city leaders, from business leaders to scientists and researchers for giving up their time to contribute. We had over 150 people attend from across the city. This was a national first - no other city has done something like this - but as Sir Keir Starmer said in his remarks he hopes it is a first that other areas will replicate, and so do I.
There were a number of areas of agreement at the summit about clear asks our city should be making of Government. Over the next couple of weeks I will be collating together the asks that came from the summit and also from the conversations with groups in advance of the day to prepare a draft set of Plymouth asks from Brexit. This will then be consulted on so everyone can have their say.
The far south west doesn't get a good deal from Government at the best of times and I don't trust Ministers to happen on a good deal for Plymouth and the south west by accident. That is why we need to provide them with a clear set of asks that we can - as a city - lobby for. I'm proud that this event was cross-party and I will be sharing the output with Johnny Mercer and Gary Streeter who sadly weren't able to make it on Friday. It's important that Plymouth comes first, party second here.
If we are to get a Brexit deal that helps Plymouth rather than hurts Plymouth it will take all our combined efforts to persuade Government of the merits of our case. But having seen the passion, focus and energy of delegates on Friday I know that this is a task that Plymouth is up for."
Luke will be publishing the results from the report in the next couple of weeks. If you would like to be involved in the consultation period please send us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see the coverage in Plymouth Herald here.