The UK’s departure from the European Union next week is an event that is “significant for each of us individually and as a town,” according to Councillor Rob Lee who leads the Conservative group on Hastings Borough Council (HBC).
And Mr Lee believes the council should mark the event with a “symbolic gesture”.
In an open letter, sent today to council leader Peter Chowney, Mr Lee has requested that the Union Jack be flown from the council offices at Muriel Matters House on January 31st to mark the UK’s departure from the EU.
He tells Mr Chowney: “As you know, the UK will leave the EU on January 31st. This is in response to the referendum result in 2016 which is the biggest democratic exercise ever undertaken in Britain… In Hastings the result was clear with 54.9 per cent of voters choosing to leave.”
Mr Lee concedes there is, “some debate still to be had” about what the future holds for the country following its withdrawal from the EU but says that it ” cannot be denied” that the moment of leaving is a significant one.