We need to focus on one crisis at a time – extending the Brexit transition period is the sensible course of action

The East of Scotland European Consortium (ESEC), representing 7 local authorities, is calling for an extension to the transition period during which the UK stays in the single market and customs union while discussions take place on the long term relationship with the EU.

With the deadline for being able to agree an extension to the Brexit transition period fast approaching, ESEC chair Will Dawson said: “We welcome the joint statement which says that Brexit talks will be intensified in July and both sides will pursue a new momentum, however we are disappointed that the UK Government has unilaterally ruled out an extension to the transition period.

“The UK and the EU need to conclude a deal by the end of October, so there is enough time for the agreement to be ratified. If there is no deal by this date, then more local government resources would have to be diverted to preparing for the inevitable economic fallout. Our officers had preparations for dealing with the threat of a no deal Brexit added to their roles on three separate occasions over the course of 2019. Many of these same officers are now working to mitigate the economic and social impacts of the coronavirus crisis. We are already in the frying pan, adding in the threat of a no deal Brexit means we are thrown into the fire.

“The UK has asked for an extension to the Article 50 process three times, despite the Prime Minister’s assurances that he would rather “die in a ditch” than do so. The difference this time is that the Article 50 process is over and we are now in the transition period. There can be no panicked requests for an extension at the 11th hour this time around. Instead, the formal request must be made 6 months ahead of the transition deadline – by 30th June 2020. Cool heads must prevail.

“It is the position of the Scottish and Welsh Governments that the UK Government should request an extension. It is also the position of COSLA, the national body which represents local government in Scotland.

 “We are of the position that the UK Government must agree an extension to prevent economic catastrophe for our communities. It would not be a sign of weakness but a sign of responsible and mature governance.”




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, under the above regulations that the Unaudited Accounts of East of Scotland European Consortium for the year to 31 March 2020, will be available for public inspection on East of Scotland European Consortium website during the period from 1 July 2020 to 21 July 2020 www.esec.org.uk

Any person interested may inspect all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to this document , other than those claimed to be of a confidential nature. Public inspection of these documents within Dundee House is currently not possible due to the coronavirus pandemic. Any request should be emailed to the Executive Director of Corporate Services, Dundee City Council who will advise how the information requested will be made available, in line with the nature of the request and the coronavirus pandemic restrictions in place at that time. No charge will be made in respect of providing information.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN, that any person interested in doing so may object to the accounts, or any part of those accounts, by sending his or her objections in writing, together with a statement of the grounds thereof, to the auditor by not later than 22 July 2020. The auditor appointed to audit the accounts is Rachel Browne, Senior Audit Manager, Audit Scotland at rbrowne@auditscotland.gov.uk. Any objection(s) should be sent to the auditor at the above email address and copied in writing to the Executive Director of Corporate Services, Dundee City Council together with any other officer of the Council who may be concerned both at the address below.
The auditor shall, if requested by the person objecting, the authority, or by any officer of the authority who may be concerned, afford to that person or authority or officer, as the case may be, an opportunity of appearing before and being heard by the Auditor with respect to that objection, either personally or by a representative. Should coronavirus restrictions be in place at the time of such a request, the opportunity to appear before the Auditor may not be possible and the Auditor will provide information regarding revised procedures.

The change in the normal process has been made in response to the coronavirus pandemic using powers contained in the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020.

Gregory Colgan, BAcc (Hons), ACMA, CGMA
Executive Director of Corporate Services
Dundee House
50 North Lindsay Street
Dundee DD1 1NZ
Tel: 01382 434431
Email: gregory.colgan@dundeecity.gov.uk