Last Updated: 12/07/2016
However you feel about leaving the EU it could mean the plans for the 3rd runway Heathrow expansion may not go ahead especially if Boris Johnson succeeds David Cameron as Prime Minister, according to campaigners. Something that would have significant impact on the South West and East of London.
Stop Heathrow Expansion campaign coordinator, Robert Barnstone, said. “If a leading Brexiteer and Heathrow expansion opponent, such as Boris Johnson, becomes the new Prime Minister this autumn, it could mean a very different situation on the question of runway capacity in London & the South-East." “David Cameron, with his term as Prime Minister now entering its final phase, is unlikely to want to cause further damage within his own ranks on whether the highly controversial expansion of Heathrow goes ahead. A decision previously pencilled in for a fortnight’s time now looks substantially less likely."
John Stewart, chairman of campaign group Hacan, agreed. He said: “ ‘Outers’ like Boris Johnson, who is fiercely opposed to Heathrow expansion, have won. At the very least, a decision on a new runway must now be up in the air.” “A new Prime Minister would want to look again at its desirability, its deliverability and the cost its related rail and road infrastructure would impose on the public purse.”
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “What our country needs now is strong leadership and unity, so attempting to push through the most divisive and unpopular infrastructure scheme in modern history is about the last thing any government should do. "Everyone knows that London’s residents, councils, MPs and Mayor will all line up to fight this deeply damaging project.”
Source: Wimbledon Guardian