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Camden Council plan daily ‘provocative’ Brexit tweets

Town Hall wants people to share their concerns about Britain's divorce from European Union

08 June, 2017 — By Richard Osley

IT is the issue that divided the nation, in or out, leave or remain.

But the sensitivities around Britain’s Brexit debate will not stop Camden Council sending out what it describes as “provocative” tweets to get people interested in how the split from the European Union will affect them. The council is running a cross-party Brexit Working Group to establish what EU exit will mean for the borough but has so far had limited public feedback. Councillors are now reviewing a communications plan to get people to be more forthcoming. It includes the strategy of “systematic tweets”.

This, a council report says, will mean “daily tweets from the council posing a provocative statement/question regarding Brexit based on weekly themes to generate conversation and traffic e.g. employment and skills.” Camden’s “provocative” tweets will start after the general election, at which the issue of the EU has split candidates in the north of the borough, where Labour’s Tulip Siddiq has run on an anti-Brexit ticket, while Conservative Claire-Louise Leyland has urged voters to trust Theresa May to negotiate a good deal for Britain.

Around 75 per cent of people in Camden who took part in last year’s referendum wanted to stay in the union. The council is also planning a special newsletter to get people interested in its work and has promoted the working group in the Camden magazine. It says the work is aimed at “exploring some of the big challenges facing the borough” and hearing how those challenges can be overcome.

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