Brexit preparations under way in Carmarthenshire

71 days ago

Detailed Brexit preparations are being put in place to support people across Carmarthenshire.

As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, Carmarthenshire County Council is working on plans aimed at minimising potential impact throughout the county.

Plans include a review of all council services to ensure contingencies are introduced, if needed.

The council will also provide signposting support and advice for Carmarthenshire businesses, including the agricultural sector in rural communities. Early discussions with the Welsh Government will take place once transition funding or post-Brexit funding streams become available.

With representation from the police, the council and other partner organisations, the Dyfed Powys Local Resilience Forum is now regularly meeting to recommend solutions to challenges Brexit could pose. The council has also set up a Brexit Working Group to plan for Brexit.

A dedicated page has been made available on the council’s website that outlines the preparations the council is making. This webpage also includes information on the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme, while signposting residents and businesses to further Welsh Government information on all Brexit-related matters.

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Carmarthenshire County Council Leader, said: “Brexit will potentially have an impact on all parts of the UK, including Carmarthenshire, so the county has to be ready for the challenges it will pose and the opportunities that may become available after UK leaves the European Union.

“Following advice from the UK Government, the Welsh Government and the Welsh Local Government Association, we’re working closely alongside our partners across Carmarthenshire to minimise potential impact on services, while ensuring appropriate advice and signposting is in place for residents and businesses in all our communities.

“We will also continue to do all we can to make sure Carmarthenshire remains high on the agendas of the UK Government and Welsh Government as we look to protect jobs, generate new employment and attract more investment in future.”

Other council plans including raising awareness in Carmarthenshire of the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme, which requires applications from EU Citizens to secure their rights to live and work in the UK after Brexit.

Once the UK Government’s Brexit deal is finalised, the council will also work with the Welsh Local Government Association to arrange information events across the county.