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Bromley council votes to leave European Union

PUBLISHED: 13:11 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:09 23 February 2016

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23 councillors voted in favour of a motion put forward by Ukip councillor David Livett

Bromley council last night voted in favour of leaving the European Union after a Ukip motion received majority backing.

Moved by David Livett and seconded by Terence Nathan, it stated the the council agrees that the negative impacts that the European Union has upon the efficiency and costs of Bromley Council activities mean Bromley Council would be better off if Britain was out of the European Union.

23 members of the council voted in favour and seven voted against while 27 abstained at a meeting of the full council in the Civic Centre.

Havering council became the first publicly elected body in Britain to vote to leave the European last month, but this is the first Conservative authority to vote in favour of a Brexit.

It therefore provides a hammer blow to prime minister David Cameron’s ambitions to remain in the EU, with his party split on the issue.

Cllr Livett said: “I’m delighted we won the vote it is clear that the people of Bromley believe would be better off out of the EU.

“It was encouraging that so many Conservatives supported the motion by taking advantage of a free vote: they made very strong points in a free debate and then stood up to be counted.”

Leader Stephen Carr, who abstained during the vote, said: “Right now this doesn’t mean anything for the council.

“But one could argue that remaining in the EU has negative impacts on Bromley council, including directives on waste and recycling which bring an added cost to the borough.”

Whether the vote will have an impact on Bromley residents when they take to the polls to have their say on June 23 is another matter.

Orpington MP Jo Johnson, brother of London mayor, Boris, who shook up the Conservative Party at the weekend by announcing that he was in favour of leaving, is yet to formally announce his stance.

However, he has praised the importance of the EU in his role as universities minister in the past, and tweeted on Sunday: “UK unis and our superb science science base key to our future as a knowledge economy - much stronger inside EU.”

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