The Labour-run Penarth Town Council – which had announced in July that its members would be holding an internal debate on whether to support the so-called “People’s Vote for Brexit” – has now shoved Brexit onto the back burner.
The so-called “People’s Vote” is a bid to overturn the result of the 2016 EU Referendum ( in which the overwhelming democratic decision of the people of Wales was to “Leave” the EU). The ‘People’s Vote’ is being backed by prominent Labour opinion-formers such as Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) .
The Labour-run Penarth Town Council had decided it was going to hold a debate – and a vote in the council chamber in this month – on whether it should support the so-called “People’s Vote on Brexit” [ in effect a second referendum on the EU] .
The chair of the Penarth Town Council’s Policy Committee Cllr Liz Fahy had announced back in July that in “the next committee meeting in September” she would be introducing a motion in the council chamber on “supporting the People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal”
On July 19th she had said “I would just like to advise the committee that I am bringing to the next committee meeting in September 5th a motion on supporting the People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”
….However when that long-awaited September committee meeting eventually took place (last night) – there was no sign of any “Brexit” motion being on the agenda…. The E.U. wasn’t mentioned – nor was the “People’s Vote” – ostensibly leaving Penarth’s local residents without the benefit of any political guidance from Penarth Town Council on the issue of Britain’s withdrawal from Europe.
Last July’s council decision to hold its own internal debate and vote on Brexit had been greeted with derision and some said the council was making itself look ridiculous.
Penarth Town Council was accused of venturing well beyond its traditional brief of just looking after the cemetery, the allotments, and running the Kymin and Paget Rooms – and was said to be meddling in political matters which are none of its business.
One expert on local elections commented “The people of Penarth did not elect Penarth Town Council to promulgate its views on national and international affairs. Such action is well outside Penarth Town Council’s proper remit”
It was also notable that the Labour-run council – which had stubbornly persisted in flying the European Union flag outside its HQ at West House – has now hauled it down and replaced it with the Red Ensign in recognition of the British Merchant Navy.