Local leaders from around the UK have made a clear play for more devolution to local government across the UK in the post Brexit world. A relatively rare joint statement across the 4 parts of the UK shows the strength of feeling that exists. For those who voted to leave the EU to " take back control" its pretty clear that they didn't mean Westminster deciding everything but more local decision making with local accountability .
The local government associations of the four countries of the UK are calling for constitutional talks with government to ensure three key principles underpin any new settlement: A principle of subsidiarity, which would ensure that power is transferred to the level of government closest to the people; Securing and enhancing the legal position of local government. A defined set of powers and responsibilities which set out what local government should support at the local level so that public services can be designed around local need; Providing greater fiscal autonomy for local government. The current centralised system of public finance is inefficient and stifles economic growth. Greater responsibility for funding with less legislative constraints at a local level would improve public services and ensure that local residents and business see how their money is used