The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is expected to call for a contingency plan in case of a no-deal Brexit in a major speech later today.
Mayor Burham will use his first Westminster speech since being elected to call for a ‘common-sense’ Brexit deal, warning a no-deal Brexit would be a ‘disaster’ for Greater Manchester.
He is expected to say: ‘Greater Manchester’s interests lie in finding a common-sense Brexit deal with the EU that as far as possible provides continuity, does not disrupt the supply chains of firms nor raise prices for our residents and businesses - but at the same time allows the UK space to respond to the concern about freedom of movement and develop a more controlled migration system’
He will also call for all MPs in Greater Manchester to support a call on the EU for an extension of Article 50 beyond the March deadline as the next way of stopping No Deal.
He will also use his speech to call for further devolution as an answer to the current crises facing British politics.