JUNE 26, 2017
The House of Commons debate on the Brexit aspects of the Government’s Queen’s speech takes place on Monday 26 June, including on amendments which have been proposed.
JUNE 21, 2017
The Government are acting as if the General Election did not happen. Earlier this month, the British public rejected Theresa May’s plan for hard Brexit and the Prime Minister has no mandate now to pursue one. A softer and more consensual approach is needed.
The ultimate test of this Queen’s Speech is whether it will help deliver a Brexit that protects jobs and living standards, and delivers the ‘exact same benefits’ as Single Market and Customs Union membership, as Ministers have repeatedly promised. The vagueness of today’s proposals make this hard to judge.
JUNE 5, 2017
The Prime Minister has throughout this election campaign argued that “no deal is better than a bad deal”. Open Britain believes that is opposite of the case when it comes to security co-operation and walking away from the negotiations without any deal or arrangements in place would make the country less secure.
MAY 30, 2017
The 5 key questions which the Government needs to answer on a no Brexit deal.
MAY 18, 2017
The Conservative Party confirmed that they want to pursue a hard and destructive Brexit: out of the Single Market and Customs Union, prepared to leave the EU with no deal at all. They have dropped their pretence that they can deliver the “exact same benefits” outside the Single Market. The truth is, we will be poorer as a result of the decisions the Prime Minister has already taken.
MAY 17, 2017
Open Britain welcomes the Liberal Democrats’ call for Britain to stay in the Single Market, as well as its positions that there should be no re-imposition of customs checks. The manifesto does not explicitly call for remaining in the Customs Union, however.
MAY 16, 2017
Open Britain welcomes the Labour Party’s red line that it will reject any “no deal” scenario.
APRIL 30, 2017
The questions on Brexit that Theresa May must answer. It is time that the Prime Minister and her Government start to justify their hard Brexit position, answer some clear questions and demonstrate that their Brexit plan is not a danger to our economy.
APRIL 7, 2017
Of all the challenges facing the Government now that the Prime Minister has triggered Article 50, the biggest risk the UK faces would be leaving the EU with no deal at all.
APRIL 3, 2017
This briefing series contains key messages and background information, as related to key issues of the Brexit negotiations in the following areas: trade; climate change; environmental standards; food security & agriculture; foreign affairs; Gibraltar; immigration; Northern Ireland; Science & Research; Security & workers’ rights
MARCH 28, 2017
Now that Article 50 is being triggered, people will expect these promises to be delivered: this is the Government’s Brexit Contract with the British people.
MARCH 28, 2017
The Government are planning to introduce a White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill on Thursday 30th March. This will controversially hand Ministers greater powers to use secondary legislation to ease the transposition of EU legislation to the UK statute book, and will seek to give Ministers the power to repeal the European Communities Act when they determine the date of EU exit.
MARCH 12, 2017
Last night the Government defeated amendments to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill which would have ensured regular parliamentary scrutiny of the Brexit process and a duty to gain the consent of Devolved Administrations.
MARCH 10, 2017
The House of Lords has voted to amend the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. This will now go back to the House of Commons. Read our background briefing note on why giving Parliament the final say is so vital.
MARCH 9, 2017
The Chancellor has today confirmed that we will be leaving the Customs Union in exchange for a customs co-operation agreement. This was implicit from the Prime Minister’s Lancaster House speech, but this is the first explicit commitment. This – in brief - is what it means.
MARCH 7, 2017
This is a joint Policy Network / Open Britain paper. With the Article 50 Bill wending its way through Parliament, and the Government’s self-imposed deadline of 31 March fast approaching, the phony war will soon be over. The Battle in Brussels is about to begin, as negotiations begin in earnest. In this phony war, the Government’s path has seemed easy and consequence-free. But the start of talks will soon illuminate the weaknesses in their present strategy.
FEBRUARY 08, 2017
The Government have opted for a hard, destructive Brexit, with no mandate to do so. They have made political decisions to take the hardest of hard lines on immigration and the European Court of Justice; to take us out of the Single Market and the Customs Union while pretending we can enjoy the ‘exact same benefits’; to squander good will among EU leaders and instead put all our eggs in the basket of a special relationship with Donald Trump. The Government have made a choice. This was not an inevitability.
FEBRUARY 02, 2017
Open Britain analysis the Government’s Brexit White Paper and finds 16 issues to be concerned about. The Government is aiming to cherry pick sectors within the single market and replicate existing arrangements, but this is a damaging approach our European partners will reject. Pursuing a ‘Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement’ will not deliver the “exact same benefits” as being in the Single Market and Customs Union. Migration policy is based on myths and the Government must provide evidence to back up their claims.
Date: JANUARY 26, 2017
Open Britain argue that Gibraltar should get a special Brexit deal. There should be no ‘hard’ border. Gibraltarian businesses, especially those in the services sector which dominates its economy, must be given the maximum freedom to participate within the Single Market. The UK Government must guarantee that it will match the EU funding Gibraltar has received after we leave the EU. The UK Government should guarantee that it will not agree to anything which dilutes Gibraltar’s sovereignty or makes a change in sovereign status seem more appealing, unless that occurs with the explicit will of the Gibraltarian people.
JANUARY 14, 2017
Open Britain and the Fabian Society set out six progressive principles against which the government’s future Brexit deal should be judged, which was backed by a group of Labour MPs. The principles for progressives to hold the Government to on include retaining the benefits of the Single Market and commit to a transitional arrangement; expanding the UK’s role and influence on the world stage; maintaining the crime and justice co-operation that keeps Britain safe; defending rights and protections; and building a new political economy that works for everyone in our country.
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
Research for Open Britain shows that all major sectors are linked to the EU – in different ways and to different degrees – and could be harmed if the UK Government sought a Free Trade Agreement which prioritised some sectors over others. The research shows that a sector-by-sector approach to pick winners ‘cannot be achieved without the risk of creating losers’; cherry-picking would be made difficult because ‘there is considerable linkage between the sectors’; and that leaving the Single Market is likely to entail ‘secondary effects’, such as falling investment.
NOVEMBER 23, 2016
This was the first glimpse of the cost of Brexit: higher borrowing, lower growth, higher inflation, lower productivity. The Chancellor said Britain didn’t vote to be poorer, but we already are. And it revealed a government, despite bullish rhetoric about future potential outside the EU, planning for a turbulent future. The OBR showed that borrowing will increase by a total £122bn cumulatively 2016/17-2020/21. The central point, however, is that the OBR isolated the impact on borrowing from the vote to leave the European Union, which totals £58.7bn – or £226m a week.
NOVEMBER 14, 2016
Research for Open Britain shows the cost of the UK losing access to the European Union’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with over 50 countries across the world. Importers in the UK would face an additional £1.2 billion in the costs of importing goods from these countries. The industries that would be hit worst would be clothing; transport equipment; fruit and vegetable; fish; chemicals; minerals and metals; petroleum; and textiles.
NOVEMBER 14, 2016
Research for Open Britain shows that the competitiveness of UK exporters would be undermined, as importers from the same 50-plus countries with whom the EU has FTAs would face a tariff bill of almost £700 million when buying UK goods. Turkey and South Africa would be among the countries worst affected. This research shows UK businesses have more to lose than those in the countries we will have to renegotiate new deals with.
SEPTEMBER 02, 2016
Open Britain sets out underlying principles for the negotiations in a number of key policy areas. These include protecting the UK economy by staying in the Single Market; valuing talent and hard work, with a fairer migration system; strong national security through deep co-operation; protecting billions in funding; defending our natural environment and dignity and equality within the workplace; protecting the integrity of the United Kingdom.