Update on Aquind Project – Portsmouth Stands United

24 Feb 2023

Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, called together both of Portsmouth's MPs to meet with, along with the Editor of the News and the Chair of Let's Stop Aquind.

They had a joint briefing on why the Government lost the Judicial Review on their decision to stop the Aquind electricity interconnector landing in Portsmouth.

Throughout this process the Lib Dem-led City Council has worked closely with our two MPs (1 Labour, 1 Conservative) and the community group to make the campaign a truly cross-party and united effort.

We now have to wait for the Government Minister's response. This may take several months. The Minister will then need to take the decision again - and to justify it. This may take a year or longer.

However, there is also a suggestion that France may not allow this project to proceed.
Therefore, Cllr Vernon-Jackson is contacting our twin city of Caen in Normandy to see if this is true.

Working together, as politicians from all parties and of none, has worked well so far.  We should continue to do this - so that together, we can win this matter in the end.

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