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Measures to support and maintain open, tolerant and diverse cities have been set out in a letter presented to the EUROCITIES Executive Committee by Core Cities UK.

The letter, endorsed by EUROCITIES and also signed by leaders of some of the UK’s 26 Key Cities, will be sent to Brexit secretary David Davis MP as well as Michael Bernier the EU’s Brexit negotiator. It will also be copied to Prime Minister Theresa May as well as the Presidents of the European Commission, Council and Parliament.

The letter sets out how cities can generate economic growth that works for everyone and guarantee a successful transition to new working arrangements that go well beyond the issue of Brexit.

Cllr Judith Blake, chair of Core Cities UK and leader of Leeds City Council, said: “Now is the time to make the case for cities at a time of great political change and turbulence across Europe. National leaders, including those in the UK, must recognise cities’ role as engines of economic growth and aids to achieving peace and prosperity for millions of people across Europe.”

Cllr Paul Watson, chair of Key Cities and leader of Sunderland City Council, added: “We believe that cross-border relationships between cities will be key over the coming years. National leaders need to take firm action now to make sure these relationships flourish and that all Europe’s cities fulfil their vast potential.”