So…an agreement has been made, what do you need to know about it?
Well, it’s clear that a lot of effort has been taken to make sure that there are ‘strong and stable’ provisions during the transition period, which will provide British businesses and individuals with as much certainty as possible while the government negotiates our future relationship with the European Union.
The above said, there are very clear and reassuring ‘in the meantime’ provisions for workers, students and the like to ensure continuity in the short to medium term.
We were not expecting a great deal ahead of today's Budget, with a lot pre-announced at the recent Party Conference and over the following weeks. Indeed, The Chancellor even made a series of “jokes” relating to a business rate relief for public lavatories concluding “At least this is the only announcement that has not leaked”.
Since the referendum Ukie have repeatedly and consistently stressed the importance of securing a data adequacy agreement to ensure the free flow of data between the EU and UK. Yesterday in the House of Commons the Minister for Digital made a troubling admission. In a European Committee meeting regarding the exchange of data with non-EU Countries Labour MP and shadow Culture Secretary Liam Byrne asked the Minister:
No-deal papers highlight pressing need for certainty on talent and data
This morning, The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) released its immigration report Open and controlled – a new approach to immigration after Brexit. As a CBI member, Ukie has been very vocal about the need for reform of the immigration system to support the ease of movement, especially considering Brexit. The report comes as a step in the right direction for this, and we’re glad to have contributed to the process.
Briefing on Brexit Whitepaper: the future relationship between the EU and the UK
Late last week the Government published its long-awaited white paper providing more detail on the processes and arrangement it will seek with the EU between now and the end of the implementation period in December 2020.
The UK's Industrial Strategy takes its early first steps
The Government today published its Industrial Strategy White Paper which lays out some early headlines, programmes and ambitions which it hopes will help build a modern economy fit for the future.