Last night Portsmouth City Council voted to support leaving the European Union, the first British city to declare for out. The motion proposed by UKIP was passed with a huge majority of 21-15. Portsmouth’s City Solicitor and Monitoring Officer initially refused to allow the UKIP motion to be debated, despite similar motions already having been passed by Lincolnshire County Council and Havering Borough Council. What this means practically is that Portsmouth City Council will not be able to use their taxpayer funded newsletters to the people of Portsmouth to stealth promote the European Union during the Referendum campaign.
Councillor Julie Swan, UKIP’s Deputy Group Leader who seconded the motion said, “I’m delighted that the Council has passed this motion. I wasn’t born the last time that the British people were allowed to vote on membership of the EU.
“It’s important to debate this once in a lifetime opportunity and to encourage the people of Portsmouth to get involved. I'm glad the Monitoring Officer finally saw things our way.
The full text of the motion:
“Due to the negative impact that EU directives such as the agency working time directive, the EU procurement rules and the EU waste framework directive have on the ability and cost of Portsmouth City Council to fulfil its obligations, this council agrees that Portsmouth and indeed all of Britain would be better off outside the European Union.
"This council is pleased that the EU referendum will give everyone the opportunity to decide on the future of their country and it urges all the people of Portsmouth to use their vote on 23 June 2016"
Proposed by Councillor Colin Galloway, UKIP Group Leader.
Seconded by Councillor Julie Swan, UKIP Group Deputy Leader.