The Implications of Brexit for Public Bodies

The Implications of Brexit for Public Bodies
November 01 2017

In June, we sent, in partnership with the Institute for Government and our sister organisation ACE, a survey to public bodies to assess how affected by Brexit they expected to be. While some respondents reported opportunities in gaining additional powers, many stated concerns about the level of uncertainty ahead, such as potential changes to funding streams, staffing, and limited powers to influence EU standards that may still affect their operational work. Following these findings, in November we hosted a workshop with officials in departments, ALB leaders and representatives from the Department for Exiting the European Union, (DExEU), and Cabinet Office Public Bodies Reform Team to discuss these issues in more details. Many attendees felt that more clarification was needed in areas such as: how to make sure interdependencies are recognised and managed; how to escalate emerging risks through departments; how to support EU staff; how to support business; what financial support is available; and how to collaborate with international partners. Following the event, PCF wrote a joint letter with ACE to Sir Jeremy Heywood, copying in all permanent secretaries, highlighting the issues. Sir Jeremy’s response is available in the members’ area.

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