Research & Publications

Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on ‘Security, law enforcement and criminal justice’

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Today the Government published its latest Brexit position paper, Security, law enforcement and criminal justice: a future partnership paper, which can be found here

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government's position paper on Security, law enforcement and criminal justice

Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on ‘Foreign policy, defence and development’

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

Today the Government published its latest Brexit position paper, Foreign policy, defence and development: a future partnership paper, which can be found here.

Open Britain have conducted a detailed assessment of this paper. We welcome the Government’s recognition of the importance of continued close cooperation on foreign, defence and development policy. However, the paper exposes a number of weaknesses in the Government’s Brexit position

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on Foreign policy, defence and development

Open Britain Background Briefing: The European Commission’s position papers on Article 50 negotiations

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

Today the European Commission published five documents adding further detail about various aspects of its approach to the Article 50 negotiations, namely Northern Ireland; customs rules; data protection regulations; intellectual property rights; and public procurement. The papers have been transmitted to the EU27 for discussion at the European Council working party of 7 September 2017.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The European Commission’s position papers on Article 50 negotiations

Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on “Collaboration on science and innovation”

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

Today the Government published a new Brexit position paper on UK-EU science and innovation cooperation. The paper, Collaboration on science and innovation: a future partnership paper, can be found here.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on Collaboration on science and innovation

Open Britain Background Briefing: The EU (Withdrawal) Bill

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

This Open Britain briefing provides an overview of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, often referred to informally as the ‘Repeal Bill’, which will have its second reading on Thursday 7 September and Monday 11 September. The bill can be found here, and the accompanying documents are online here.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The EU (Withdrawal) Bill

EU Relations APPG - The Case for Continued Customs Union Membership

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

Making an ideological choice to wrench Britain out of the EU’s Customs Union after Brexit would unilaterally surrender the best economic option for our country. It risks harming our economy by introducing tariffs and erecting non-tariff barriers to trade with our largest commercial partner and it risks imposing large amounts of new red tape on British businesses that import and export from Europe. It also puts the integrity of our borders at risk too, through the possibility of time-consuming customs checks that will cause gridlock at ports and the risk of a return to a hard border in Ireland.

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EU Relations APPG - The Case for Continued Customs Union Membership

Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s technical notes on “functionality and Protocol 7”, “spent fuel and radioactive waste”, and & “existing contracts for the supply of nuclear material”

AUGUST 29, 2017

On Bank Holiday Monday (28 August 2017) the Government unexpectedly published three Brexit technical notes on “functionality and Protocol 7”, “spent fuel and radioactive waste”, and “existing contracts for the supply of nuclear material” as updates to position papers on the same topics published on 13 July. These papers can all be found here: Existing contracts for the supply of nuclear material;  Spent fuel & radioactive wastefunctionality & protocol 7  

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s technical notes on functionality and Protocol 7, spent fuel and radioactive waste, and & existing contracts for the supply of nuclear material

Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on "The exchange and protection of personal data"

AUGUST 24, 2017

Today, the Government published its Brexit negotiating position paper on rules governing data exchange and data protection, titled “The exchange and protection of personal data”. The paper can be found here. In the document, the Government attempts to outline its approach to future UK-EU data-sharing arrangements. The EU27 have yet to publish a negotiating paper specifically on this issue, although their position paper on “Police & judicial procedures” contains a section on data transfer. 

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on The exchange and protection of personal data

Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on “Enforcement and dispute resolution”

AUGUST 23, 2017

Today, the Government published its Brexit negotiating position paper on co-operation on legal dispute settlements, titled “Enforcement and dispute resolution”. The paper can be found here. In the document, the Government attempts to outline its approach to future UK-EU post-Brexit arbitration models. The Government’s paper is in reaction to a position paper by the EU27, which can be found here, and Open Britain’s assessment of that paper can be found here.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on Enforcement and dispute resolution

Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on “Providing a cross-border civil judicial cooperation framework”

AUGUST 22, 2017

Today, the Government published its Brexit position paper on co-operation on civil and commercial matters, entitled “Providing a cross-border civil judicial cooperation framework”. The paper can be found here. In the document, the Government outlines its approach to ongoing as well as future cases on civil and commercial issues affected by Brexit, and any eventual new UK-EU relationship. The Government’s paper is in reaction to a position paper by the EU27, which can be found here, and Open Britain’s assessment of that paper can be found here.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on Providing a cross-border civil judicial cooperation framework

Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position papers on “Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK” and “Confidentiality and access to documents”

AUGUST 21, 2017

Today, the Government published two new Brexit position papers, starting a week in which further papers are expected to be released on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The first paper published today was on the status of goods on the market post-Brexit titled ‘Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK’ which can be found here. and the second was on document confidentiality, titled “Confidentiality and access to documents”, which can be found here

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position papers on Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK and Confidentiality and access to documents

Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on Northern Ireland

AUGUST 16, 2017

Today, the Government published its Brexit position paper on the future of Northern Ireland, titled ‘Northern Ireland and Ireland’. This paper can be found here. In the document, the Government attempts to outline its approach to Brexit issues impacting Northern Ireland, in particular the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on Northern Ireland & Ireland

Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on future customs arrangements

AUGUST 15, 2017

Today, the Government published their Brexit position paper on customs relations with the EU titled ‘Future customs arrangements: A future partnership paper.’ This paper can be found here. In it, the Government attempts to set out its vision of what UK-EU customs arrangements might look like after we leave the European Union, as well as during a potential transition phase.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The Government’s position paper on future customs arrangements

Open Britain Background Briefing: The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

JULY 13, 2017

The Government’s proposed European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, often referred to informally as the ‘Repeal Bill’, was published today. Open Britain has undertaken an assessment of this document and other papers provided by the Government about the bill, including an impact assessment, all of which can be found at the link here.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Open Britain Background Briefing: The proposed Brexit amendments to the Queen’s Speech

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.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The proposed Brexit amendments to the Queen’s Speech

Open Britain Background Briefing on the Queen’s Speech

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.

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Open Britain Background Briefing on the Queen’s Speech

Open Britain Background Briefing ‘No deal’ scenario threatens UK security

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.

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Open Britain Background Briefing ‘No deal’ scenario threatens UK security

5 Key questions which the Government needs to answer on a no Brexit deal

MAY 30, 2017

The 5 key questions which the Government needs to answer on a no Brexit deal.

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5 Key questions which the Government needs to answer on a no Brexit deal

Conservative Manifesto: backwards, alone

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.

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Conservative Manifesto: backwards, alone

Open Britain Background Briefing: Liberal Democrat General Election Manifesto

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.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: Liberal Democrat General Election Manifesto

Open Britain Background Briefing: Labour’s General Election Manifesto

MAY 16, 2017

Open Britain welcomes the Labour Party’s red line that it will reject any “no deal” scenario.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: Labour’s General Election Manifesto

11 Brexit questions for Theresa May: background briefing

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.

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11 Brexit questions for Theresa May: background briefing

New partnership, new challenges

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.

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New partnership, new challenges

Open Britain briefing pack on key issues

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

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Open Britain briefing pack on key issues

The Government's Brexit contract with the British public

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.

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The Government's Brexit contract with the British public

The Great Repeal Bill – Secondary legislation

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.

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The Great Repeal Bill – Secondary legislationic

Background briefing on amendments on meaningful votes

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.

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Background briefing on amendments on meaningful votes

Why giving Parliament the final say is so vital

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.

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Why giving Parliament the final say is so vital

Chancellor confirms we will be leaving the Customs Union

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.

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Chancellor confirms we will be leaving the Customs Union

Reform or Reject? Freedom of Movement and the Single Market

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.

 

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There is no mandate for a hard, destructive Brexit

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.

 

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Open Britain response to the Government’s Brexit White Paper

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.

 

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Gibraltar should get a special Brexit deal

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.

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Progressive principles for Brexit negotiations

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.

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Key sectors of the UK economy would be damaged if we leave Single Market

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.

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Open Britain response to the Autumn Statement

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.

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Hard Brexit will cost business £1.2bn as a result of lost EU FTAs

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.

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UK competitiveness hit as a result of lost EU FTAs

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.

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Open Britain launch pamphlet, ‘Stronger With Europe’

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.

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