Councillor Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth council, blogs on the triggering of Article 50 and the impact on Lambeth, where 79% of voters backed the Remain side
It’s clear that the vast majority of Lambeth residents did not vote for Brexit. The borough had the highest percentage of Remain voters in the British mainland - we wanted to stay in a united European Union. However, now the decision has been taken and Article 50 has been triggered this week, we know we have to get on with it.
Cllr Lib Peck speaks to BBC London in Brixton on the morning the Government triggered Article 50
Lambeth is an incredible place, very ethnically and culturally diverse. 310,000 people live here in a small place and over 120 languages are spoken; people feel very comfortable with that diversity. Rather than simply tolerate it, we celebrate it and as a result of that we’re very outward looking and obviously a lot of people here have connections across the world.
That will not change.
Moving forward, there are things that we need to press the government to deliver in any agreement reached as part of leaving the EU.
We’ve got to keep making the case about how important it is that local communities are given certainty, that the many EU nationals that are living here feel that they are wanted and valued and we want them to remain living here – that’s a message we give here at a local level but I’d like to see the national government give that much more certainty. We will call on the Prime minister to give those cast-iron guarantees to EU nationals that I know has been causing concern amongst our community.
Lambeth In campaigners with Eddie Izzard during the EU referendum campaign
Along with our business community, as a council we also need economic certainty. Lambeth has a great track record of attracting small businesses and start-ups, we must work to keep that success going and continue to support our local economy to provide jobs. Again we need certainty from government and the protection of London as a global economic centre, not just for the benefit of us as Londoners, but for the country as a whole.
I am confident that Lambeth will continue to be an open, outward looking and progressive place to live, that grows and develops with the changing times as we always have.
Leader of Lambeth Council