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Yorkshire's voice has to be heard on Brexit

28 June, 2016

The following press release was issued today by Yorkshire First. The YDM endorses the sentiments expressed. We believe that Yorkshire should not lose out now that the decision has been made to leave the European Union. We will continue our campaign for a voice for Yorkshire and we firmly believe that the voice we require is a Yorkshire Parliament. (See also One Voice for Yorkshire under the What We Want tab on this site.)

"Commenting on the Prime Minister's decision to create a 'Brexit' unit to begin preparations for negotiating EU exit, Leader of Yorkshire First, Richard Carter said:

The Prime Minister yesterday made it clear that his new EU unit would listen to Scotland, Wales, London and even Gibralter as part of the preparations for Brexit, but we have to ask where is Yorkshire's voice? After all Yorkshire has a population larger than Scotland and has a vitally important manufacturing sector which is now struggling with uncertainty.

The vote in Yorkshire last week showed that people want to see more control closer to home and they want their voice heard. We now need to have a conversation in Yorkshire and all options, most especially a parliament for Yorkshire, need to be considered as part of that conversation.

Our immediate priority should be that Yorkshire speaks with one voice - politicians, trade unions, businesses, the third sector and all those with a stake - to ensure that we get the best possible deal for Yorkshire. The Leave campaigners must be held to their promises regarding Yorkshire's finances. Yorkshire must not be left to lose out when both money and powers are brought back from Brussels."

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