Raising aspirations and supporting diversity at heart of council’s Brexit plans

Published: Thursday 21st July 16

A bipartisan motion setting out Wandsworth’s response to the EU referendum result received unanimous support at last night’s full meeting of the council.

The proposal, put forward by council leader Ravi Govindia and leader of the  opposition Simon Hogg, includes commitments to work with the Government and Mayor of London to secure the best possible deal from on-going negotiations with the EU.

Councillors also pledged to ensure Wandsworth residents and workers continue to enjoy a “respectful, inclusive and cosmopolitan quality of life” and to “condemn racist language and behaviour in all its forms.”

The motion’s early priorities include intensifying the council’s Aspirations Programme, with “a particular emphasis on ensuring future jobs and homes for local young people”.

The full Brexit motion reads:


(a) Following the outcome of the referendum held on 23rd June 2016 on Great Britain’s membership of the European Union, this Council:-

(i) acknowledges the importance of the referendum outcome to London’s future as a global city and Wandsworth as one of its most dynamic boroughs;

(ii) recognises that although the country as a whole voted to leave the European Union, the preference in Wandsworth was to remain by amongst the highest margins in the country;

(iii) commits to supporting the Government in its efforts to ensure the best possible outcome for the country in its negotiations following the referendum, and the role of democratically elected local authorities within the country’s governance.

(b) The Council’s early priorities will be to:-

(i) ensure that all voices and points of view are listened to, and in particular that all Wandsworth residents and employees continue to enjoy the respectful, inclusive and cosmopolitan quality of life which makes this such an attractive part of inner London;

(ii) redouble our efforts in inward investment, house building and job creation so that Wandsworth continues to attract development that is financed elsewhere in Europe and across the world;

work with the Mayor of London and the City Hall team to ensure the continued devolution of powers from Whitehall to London and its boroughs, especially in the plans to enable business rates that are collected in London to be retained in the capital;

(iv) review and intensify the Council’s existing and successful aspirations programme, with a particular emphasis on ensuring future jobs and homes for local young people;

(v) strive to be an exemplar of the country’s future success – diverse, tolerant, low Council tax, enterprising, socially liberal – and open to the world for business; and

(vi) condemn racist language and behaviour in all its forms.

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25 July 2016

Very heartening to know that Wandsworth will be acting as a pressure group rather than start another Party Political issue. After all political parties would like to ensure that ordinary people's interests are taken care of. I am sure that you will do a great job collectively. I would like to know how would you influence the negotiations between EU and the UK Govt's Department under David Davis. It is going to be a very important phase in future of Britain. Quite depressed about the Referendum outcome which is going to affect our younger generation and we must ensure that continue enjoying the same privileges and oppurtunities as we all did before the referendum
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23 July 2016

Being a Mum investing a fortune (for me) in a Wandsworth flat to enable my child to live, study and work in EU_London I am glad you have informed me. I am sorry that non British citizens living for years in London were not allowed to vote. Go back and change the European Union instead of minimizing yours and mine childrens chances in Europe. :) AS
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22 July 2016

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Julie Higgins

22 July 2016

The council should have welcomed the democratic decision of the country of which this borough is a part. The UK has been a diverse society welcoming immigrants and refugees for hundreds of years and did not need local councillors to make it so. It is part of the British character based on a common law system, which has consent and f airplay at its heart. Rather than these petulant anti democratic hissy-fits we all need to embrace the opportunities that our re-engagement with the world bring. It’s odd that Wands worth’s sore losers councillors evidentially preferred a system that has brought 50% youth unemployment to Southern Europe and discriminated against non EU nationals do they think some races are more equal than others?
Michael Wood

22 July 2016