COVENTRY councillors are preparing to discuss what a potential ‘Brexit’ could mean for the city and whether Britain should vote to leave or remain in the EU.
Ahead of the nationwide referendum on June 23, councillors will debate the motion ‘this Council believes that it is in the best interest of the City of Coventry that the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union’ at a special meeting of Full Council on Thursday, May 26.
Describing the imminent referendum as ‘one of the most important decisions this country will ever take’, Coventry City Council’s leader-elect George Duggins said: “It’s vital that councillors have the opportunity to debate this issue in detail in the Council Chamber.
“We would have liked to hold the debate at the same time as we meet as a Full Council to discuss the issue of a combined authority at the end of May, but pre-referendum rules come into place on May 27 which prevent us from having a debate of this kind following that date.
“But councillors are very clear that we shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to discuss the referendum, and what its result could mean to Coventry people.
“On the day, it is my intention to offer Labour colleagues a free vote.”
The debate will begin at 2pm and will be webcast live.