Chairman Statement Following the EU Referendum

Published 24th June 2016 at 2:29pm

Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (SCR LEP), Sir Nigel Knowles said following the EU referendum vote:

“The people of the UK have had their say and in doing so they have chosen to step away from the EU. This process will take time. 

However, the focus of the SCR LEP remains the same as it was before the referendum, which is to do everything in its power to continue to deliver the devolution deal it secured, with localised investment and power to the region. The strength and potential of this region is in no way diminished by the result today. The north of England has led and fostered many changes in its history and centuries have confirmed that when it focuses on getting things done, pragmatically and tenaciously, it is successful. We are here to ensure that promises made in Westminster are kept, that the region hits its strategic targets and that in the coming years we are not distracted from our task. No doubt there will be changes in the economic and political landscape in the UK and opportunities will arise.  We will be vigilant and ready to take advantage of such opportunities that will benefit the Sheffield City Region. Our job is unchanged, and we will continue to do that for every resident and business here today and in the future.”

One Response to Chairman Statement Following the EU Referendum

  1. Mark Haynes says:

    Sir Nigel has the best handle on the opportunity voiced to date. Our region, although not ‘stand-alone’, is unique in its attributes and capabilities. I fear it lacks, perhaps, a (leadership) kick and a (commercial) steer . . . least it remains, in the view of some, an old pit pony. Now there’s a Punch cartoon in the making!

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