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.