As Southport starts voting in the nation’s EU debate, the town’s elected councillors have come out overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the European Union.

Asked a question during the public question session of the June meeting of Southport Area Committee, as to which option was best for Southport, Councillors Sue McGuire and Tony Dawson both spoke at length as to why they believed that Southport and Britain would both be better off staying in the EU.

Cllr McGuire made plain that neither she nor any of the councillors concerned wanted to tell anyone how to vote. That was for the individuals to make up their mind. She reminded the Committee of the investment which the EU had made in Merseyside, particularly Southport’s sea wall.

Cllr Dawson referred to the big economic questions where most of the people voting did not have personal knowledge of the detailed reasons why Britain’s economy would be affected this way or that.  Every opinion which we have, he said, is based upon who we choose to believe.  He pointed out that Boris Johnson, leader of the Brexit campaign had been thrown out of the Shadow Cabinet following an act of dishonesty and he had been sacked from the Time newspapers for lying. He showed continued disrespect for the truth as had been shown in his recent false ‘bent bananas’ episode.

Councillor  Richard Hands, Chair of the Area Committee asked all Southport Councillors present to show how they felt inclined to vote. All those choosing to express a view said “Remain” with a handful choosing to not express a view either way. Councillor Harry Bliss explained that he would be happy to express his view but as Chair of Southport Conservatives he was not allowed to do so publicly.

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