1. ITV Report

What should the future hold for Cornwall after Brexit?

St Ives in Cornwall Credit: ITV News

Different communities, industry leaders and public sector groups in Cornwall need to work together and listen to what people want if the county is to make the best of Brexit.

That was the message of the second Brexit Summit to be held in the county since Britain voted to leave the EU.

50 leading representatives from the public, private and voluntary sector met to discuss a report into the risks and opportunities facing the county in areas such as employment, tourism and farming.

The report looked at risks and opportunities in sectors such as tourism, fishing, employment, energy, farming, innovation and higher education. Credit: ITV West Country

We need to show that we are listening to the voices and opinions of others and then make sure that their priorities and their concerns are included in our discussions.

This is about partnership and listening - if we do this properly then we will discover what One and All means for our community.

– The Right Reverend Chris Goldsmith, Bishop of St Germans
Credit: ITV West Country

The Summit also included a series of workshops looking at proposals to offset the risks and grasp the opportunities relating to the specific themes

Each group identifies three actions to be taken forward:

Issue 1
Skills and migration
  • Generating high quality data on the current workforce in Cornwall, including migrant workers
  • Modelling the needs of the local economy, including identifying skills gaps and the needs of young people
  • Developing a plan which meets the needs of the economy in the short, medium and long term, develops better links between industry and education and engages with the most disadvantaged people in the community
Issue 2
Community cohesion
  • Listening to and engaging with local residents and communities
  • Identifying and addressing the latent tension in some communities
  • Developing a " bottom up " approach focusing on local communities to improving the lives of individuals
Issue 3
  • Developing a strong " story" which reflects the values and culture of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and ensure that it is better told locally, nationally and internationally
  • Creating the right institutional arrangements to enable Cornwall to take on the powers needed to protect and grow the environment
  • Focusing on potential risks to the resilience of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to ensure that key infrastructure , such as transport and energy, are protected and improved
Issue 4
  • Taking forward the actions in the newly agreed Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Strategic Economic Plan. To maximise investments across the existing EU Programmes to 2020
  • Build on the Strategic Economic Plan ambitions which have a national scale and priority in order to influence the Government's Industrial Strategy
  • Work together to develop a clear and distinctive Cornwall and Isles of Scilly brand to promote the most confident and ambitious approach to supporting trade and export, the visitor economy and inward investment

We need to speak with one voice and be very clear about the future we want for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

This conversation will continue over the coming weeks and months.

– Kate Kennally, Cornwall Council's Chief Executive