Cities call for Brexit Deal

Today our cities are collectively marking the United Nations’ World Cities Day, showing our support and solidarity with hundreds of other cities across the globe for this year’s theme of Open Cities. 

Together our 33 cities are home to approximately 25 million people delivering almost one third of the UK economy. 

As the UK starts its journey toward leaving the EU, we must do more to empower our cities.  In comparison with competitor countries, our cities have relatively few powers and low levels of investment. We urge the Government to develop a Brexit ‘City Deal’ empowering the UK’s cities to deliver inclusive growth.

Budget 2017 represents a major opportunity to empower our cities, to tackle deprivation and boost productivity.

We are therefore asking Government for bold action to address the housing crisis by allowing more freedom to borrow to invest in new homes.

Further devolution and local commissioning of services for adult skills and employment, linked to other services like health, will strengthen our labour markets, delivering the skills business needs and increasing productivity at a critical moment.

The Brexit negotiations should include a greater recognition of the trading and skilled migration relationship between cities across the EU and how this can be maintained and strengthened.

Our cities have never been more important to the future of the UK, and Government needs to enter into dialogue and partnership with us to exploit our untapped potential in a way that will secure the future of Britain’s Open Cities.


Cllr Judith Blake

Chair, Core Cities UK

Cllr Peter Box

Chair, Key Cities

31 other city leaders