Research & Publications

Background briefing: Seven Broken Promises on Transition

MARCH 19, 2018

Since the referendum, the Government have made at least seven major promises about the transition period. Today’s draft agreement with the EU shows these promises have all now been broken, and that all transition does is move us from being a rule maker to a rule taker.

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Background briefing: Seven Broken Promises on Transition

Background Briefing – ‘Throwing Open Our Borders’

MARCH 16, 2018

Sky News has today revealed that the Government's secret plan for avoiding friction at UK borders is to unilaterally decide not to enforce customs checks, and other border checks, and presume that a reciprocal approach will be taken by the European Union. Read article here. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling confirmed this position last night on Questions Time: "We will maintain a free-flowing border at Dover, we will not impose checks at the port, it is utterly unrealistic to do so ... We don't check lorries now, we're not going to be checking lorries in the future." Watch clip here. Sky News have also reported that the Government have used gagging orders on companies to keep these plans secret up to now.

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Background Briefing – ‘Throwing Open Our Borders’

APPG Briefing: General Debate on Brexit

MARCH 14, 2018

This briefing was written for use during the upcoming two-day General Debate in the House of Commons on European Affairs. The debate will take place on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th March 2018. The debate will not include any binding votes, but will be a chance for MPs to debate many of the important issues around Brexit, as well as the UK’s relationship with the EU in general. The first day of debate is 4th on the order list on Wednesday, and the second is 3rd on the order list on Thursday.

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APPG Briefing: General Debate on Brexit

Background Briefing: The OBR Forecasts and the Spring Statement

MARCH 13, 2018

Today, the Chancellor presented his Spring Statement in response to the Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) Economic and Fiscal Outlook. The statement came in the wake of comments by the Prime Minister that Brexit would lead to a lessening of the UK’s trade relationship with the EU. It also came just days after publication of the Government’s secret Brexit impact analysis, which showed that Brexit under every scenario would make the UK worse off.

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Background Briefing: The OBR Forecasts and the Spring Statement

Background Briefing: The Government's Secret Brexit Impact Analysis

MARCH 8, 2018

Today, the Exiting the European Union Committee published the Government’s secret Brexit impact analysis. The document, entitled ‘EU Exit Analysis: Cross-Whitehall Briefing’, outlines different Brexit scenarios and their likely economic impact. This briefing outlines Open Britain’s view of the document, and summarises some of the new facts that emerge from the document.

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Background Briefing: The Government's Secret Brexit Impact Analysis

Background Briefing: Philip Hammond's Canary Wharf speech

MARCH 7, 2018

Today, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond delivered a speech at HSBC in Canary Wharf on his views for a future UK-EU relationship in the area of financial services.  A link to this speech can be found here, where the Chancellor made the following points:

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Background Briefing: Philip Hammond's Canary Wharf speech

Background Briefing: EU Council Draft Negotiating Guidelines

MARCH 7, 2018

Today, Donald Tusk, the European Council President circulated draft EU guidelines on the future UK-EU relationship, which will be discussed by the EU27 with a view to agreement being reached at the 22/23 March European Council. The draft text can be found here and when agreed to, it will serve as a basis for the European Commission’s negotiating mandate on the future UK-EU relationship.

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Background Briefing: EU Council Draft Negotiating Guidelines

Background Briefing: European Parliament Draft Resolution

MARCH 7, 2018

Today, the European Parliament published its draft resolution on the future UK-EU relationship, which will be debated in the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg next week. The draft text can be found here

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Background Briefing: European Parliament Draft Resolution

Background Briefing: Theresa May's Mansion House speech

MARCH 2, 2018

Today, Theresa May delivered a speech at Mansion House in London on her plans for a future UK-EU relationship. A link to this speech can be found here. The speech focused on five tests the Prime Minister said must be met as part of any Brexit deal:

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Background Briefing: Theresa May's Mansion House speech

Background Briefing: Liam Fox Bloomberg Speech

FEBRUARY 28, 2018

On Tuesday 27 February, the International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, delivered a speech at Bloomberg in London on Britain’s future treading relationship post-Brexit. The speech, which can be found here, fell short in the following areas:

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Background Briefing: Liam Fox Bloomberg Speecht

Background Briefing: The European Commission's Draft Withdrawal Agreement

FEBRUARY 28, 2018

The European Commission today published its draft of the withdrawal agreement. This text, which can be found here, sets out in legal terms how the European Commission intends to implement the Brexit withdrawal agreement reached between the UK and the EU27 in December 2017. This text will now need to be agreed by all EU27 member states and will ultimately serve as the negotiating document from the EU’s side on the withdrawal aspects of the Brexit negotiations. 

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Background Briefing: The European Commission's Draft Withdrawal Agreement

Background Briefing: Jeremy Corbyn's Coventry Speech

FEBRUARY 26, 2018

Speaking today in Coventry, Jeremy Corbyn set out Labour’s current position on Brexit. He said Labour "would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union" but appeared to rule out membership of the Single Market, arguing instead for a “new and strong relationship” including a range of opt-outs and exemptions, including on state aid and procurement rules.

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Background Briefing: Jeremy Corbyn's Coventry Speech

Background Briefing: The Government’s Leaked Position Paper on Transition

FEBRUARY 21, 2018

On Wednesday 21 February, a leaked document entitled ‘Draft Text for Discussion: Implementation Period' was circulated online. This text is a response to the European Commission's position paper on transitional arrangements from 7 February. Open Britain’s assessment of that particular document can be found here. Both the Government and the EU27 are aiming to reach an agreement on transition by the 22/23 March European Council.

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Background Briefing: The Government’s Leaked Position Paper on Transition

Background Briefing: David Davis's Vienna Speech

FEBRUARY 20, 2018

On Tuesday 20 February, the Brexit Secretary, David Davis delivered a speech in Vienna on Brexit and regulatory standards. He argued that the UK would look to keep high standards in place post-Brexit and that there would not be any kind if race-to-the-bottom or any kind of “Mad Max dystopia”.

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Background Briefing: David Davis's Vienna Speech

Background Briefing: Theresa May's Munich Speech

FEBRUARY 16, 2018

On Saturday 17 February, Theresa May will deliver a speech at the annual high-level Munich Security Conference on Brexit & Security. The Prime Minister has herself stated in the past that EU security co-operation works well for the UK and has noted that a failure to reach a deal would be bad for UK security.

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Background Briefing: Theresa May's Munich Speech

Boris Johnson Speech - Briefing

FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Boris Johnson delivered a speech today entitled The Road to Brexit: A United Kingdom. The speech was billed as an attempt to set out a supposed ‘liberal’ vision of Brexit, as well as an attempt to reach out to those who voted Remain in the referendum and who feel alienated by the Government’s approach to Brexit.

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Boris Johnson Speech - Briefing

Background Briefing: The European Commission's position paper on "Transitional Arrangements in the Withdrawal Agreement"

FEBRUARY 9, 2018

On Wednesday, the European Commission published a position paper on the transition aspects of the withdrawal agreement of the UK’s exit from the European Union. This document can be found here and translates into legal terms previous guidelines issued by the EU27 and the European Commission on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As a next step, the EU 27 Member States will look to reach an agreement on this text before presenting it to the UK Government as part of the Brexit negotiations.

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Background Briefing: The European Commission's position paper on

Busting the Lexit myths

JANUARY 30, 2018

Open Britain and the Labour campaign for the Single Market have today released a paper busting the left-wing myths surrounding Brexit. The reality is that leaving the Single Market will not help ease austerity, help us with providing state aid to struggling industries or renationalise major industries.    

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Busting the Lexit myths

Background Briefing: The EU27's Transition Negotiating Directives

JANUARY 29, 2018

Today, the EU27 published their negotiating directives for the transition phase of the Brexit talks. These documents can be found here and here. As a next step, the aim is for the EU 27 Member States and the UK Government to reach agreement on this text, where the European Council summit of 22/23 March is being touted as the possible date to achieve such an agreement.   

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Background Briefing: The EU27's Transition Negotiating Directives

One Year on from Lancaster House: An Assessment of Theresa May’s 12 Priorities

JANUARY 17, 2018

It is a year to the day since Theresa May spelled out her 12 priorities for Brexit at Lancaster House. The speech can be found here. Open Britain have assessed how these ambitions compare with the reality of what has occurred in the Brexit negotiations over the past 12 months.

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One Year on from Lancaster House: An Assessment of Theresa May’s 12 Priorities

Open Britain Background Briefing: Trade Bill

JANUARY 9, 2018

Today, Parliament will debate at second reading the Trade Bill. The bill can be found here. This bill comes as part of the Government’s overall approach to UK trade post-Brexit, after its Taxation (Cross-border) Trade Bill was debated at second reading on 8 January. Open Britain’s assessment of that bill can be found here

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Open Britain Background Briefing: Trade Bill

Open Britain Background Briefing: The Taxation (Cross-Border) Trade Bill

JANUARY 8, 2018

Today and tomorrow, Parliament will debate second reading, the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill, previously known as the Customs Bill. The bill can be found here.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The Taxation (Cross-Border) Trade Bill

Background Briefing: The European Commission’s Draft Negotiating Directives

DECEMBER 20, 2017

Today, the European Commission published its recommendation on directives for the next phase of the Brexit negotiations. These documents can be found here and here. As a next step, the aim is for the remaining EU 27 member states to approve these guidelines on 29 January 2018. The negotiating directives are in line with the European Council’s Brexit recommendations from Friday of last week, which can be found here and for which Open Britain produced a briefing which can be found here.

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Background Briefing: The European Commission’s Draft Negotiating Directives

Background Briefing: The December 2017 EU Council Conclusions

DECEMBER 15, 2017

Today, the European Council – representing the EU27’s Heads of Government issued guidelines for discussions on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

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Background Briefing: The December 2017 EU Council Conclusions

Open Britain Background Briefing Red Lines vs ‘Sufficient Progress’: Rhetoric Meets Reality

DECEMBER 8, 2017

In evidence to the Exiting the EU Select Committee this morning, David Davis said the Government has not carried out any sectoral assessments of the impact of Brexit on the economy – despite the fact that both he and his junior ministers have repeatedly said in the past that they have.

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Open Britain Background Briefing Red Lines vs ‘Sufficient Progress’: Rhetoric Meets Reality

Open Britain Background Briefing: The Brexit Impact Assessments

DECEMBER 6, 2017

In evidence to the Exiting the EU Select Committee this morning, David Davis said the Government has not carried out any sectoral assessments of the impact of Brexit on the economy – despite the fact that both he and his junior ministers have repeatedly said in the past that they have.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: The Brexit Impact Assessments

Open Britain Background Briefing: A Post-Brexit Trade Deal with Trump’s America

NOVEMBER 30, 2017

Many advocates of a hard Brexit seem to be under the illusion that the costs to the UK economy of leaving the European Single Market and the Customs Union can be cancelled out by a new free trade agreement between the UK and the United States.

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Open Britain Background Briefing: A Post-Brexit Trade Deal with Trump’s America

Open Britain’s Assessment of the 2017 Autumn Budget

NOVEMBER 22, 2017

Open Britain has undertaken a detailed assessment of the 2017 Autumn budget. This briefing is for your information ahead of the debates on the budget in Parliament next week. Our top-line analysis is as follows, with further in-detail analysis provided below. 

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Open Britain’s Assessment of the 2017 Autumn Budget

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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