20 December 2019 Council and democracy

Open letter of unity from Brighton & Hove’s political leaders

During this time of change around the UK’s relationship with the EU, we want to share a message of unity with our residents, businesses and the millions of visitors that come to Brighton & Hove each year.

Our city is well-known for its free thinking, open and inclusive nature. We promote acceptance and respect for difference and we are an internationally recognised City of Sanctuary. These things are at the heart of what we do and will remain central to our future journey.

We value the contributions of all our residents who have made their home here and contribute to our vibrant city life. We hope our EU citizens will stay in the city and are working together with local and national partners to ensure we prepare responsibly to support them through any potential changes caused by Brexit.

As political leaders representing different parties, we have different views on many subjects but we are united in our determination that Brighton & Hove’s reputation as an open and welcoming place will continue.

We are proud to be leaders in a diverse and inclusive city and we have faith in the fortitude of the people we represent.

Our vision is for a fairer city with a sustainable future and we believe that by working with our residents and businesses to showcase the best of Brighton & Hove we can achieve this.  

The future is in all of our hands.

See how the council is preparing for Brexit and what support is available.

Nancy Platts, Leader of the Labour group
Phélim Mac Cafferty, Convenor of the Green Group
Steve Bell, Leader of the Conservative Group