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Second Tower Hamlets Brexit Commission hearing to take place at Canary Wharf

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 October 2018

Brexit commissioners listen to evidence at the first oral hearing on public services. Pic: LBTH

Brexit commissioners listen to evidence at the first oral hearing on public services. Pic: LBTH

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Experts in the fields of business and economics will appear before the Tower Hamlets Brexit Commission at a special hearing tomorrow.

The event in Canary Wharf will be the second of three oral hearings which form the backbone of the commission’s work as it continues to explore the likely impact of Brexit on the borough.

Three panels of expert witnesses will appear before the commissioners, each for an hour long session.

The commission was set up in August to allow the council to better understand the risks and opportunities associated with the UK’s departure from the European Union.

The panel of commissioners from business, academia and the public sector will examine evidence gathered during written consultations and evidence hearings.

It will focus on three specific areas; the likely impact of Brexit on the borough’s economy, its civil society and on the delivery of public services.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “Tower Hamlets sits at the heart of London’s economy, straddling Canary Wharf and the City Fringe. It is the third largest contributor to the UK economy, responsible for as much as £12 billion in tax revenue each year.

“It is inevitable that our local economy will be impacted by Brexit and it is vital that as a council, we lead the way in understanding how best to manage the risks and opportunities that such a significant change will bring.”

The first hearing earlier this month heard claims that health and education sectors in Tower Hamlets could be worse off after Brexit.

Dr Violeta Sanchez, a consultant at Barts Health Trust, told the hearing: “The main issues that we face are whether we’ll have access to the isotopes we need for cancer diagnosis and treatment.

“It’s very difficult to plan in advance for how we’ll treat cancer patients. We can’t stockpile radioactive isotopes for months – they’re supposed to be used within 66 hours.”

For more information and to watch the hearing live click here.

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