Research & Publications

Debunking the ‘Brexit Dividend’ Myth

Overview

On Sunday 17th June, the Prime Minister again claimed that there will be a “Brexit dividend” for the NHS, taken from the payments which the UK makes into the EU’s budget as an EU member.  This was part of an announcement by the Prime Minister that the NHS would receive an additional £20bn per year by 2023. The “Brexit dividend” has been widely debunked since its announcement.

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The government’s framework for UK-EU partnership in Company Law

Overview

On 13 June, the Government released their framework for the future UK-EU Partnership in the area of Company Law (accounting and auditing). The paper outlines the current and proposed relationship between the UK & EU on cross border company matters post-Brexit in this area. (All references, unless otherwise stated, are taken from this document).

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The government’s framework for the UK-EU partnership on civil-judicial co-operation

Overview

On 13 June, the Government released their proposed framework for the future UK-EU Partnership in the area of civil-judicial co-operation. The paper spells out the existing relationship between the UK & EU in this area, whilst going into little detail as to what the UK wants to achieve in the future relationship, other than to have the closest relationship as possible. (All references, unless otherwise stated, are taken from this document).

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The European Commission’s assessment of the Government’s position on the GALILEO project

Overview

On Wednesday 13 June, the European Commission published an assessment  of the Government’s position paper on future UK participation in the EU’s GALILEO satellite navigation project, itself published on 24 May. Participation in Galileo has become a bone of contention in the Brexit negotiations, with the Government very clear that it would like to continue to participate in the project post-Brexit on as close to possible, current terms, at odds with the European Commission’s stance on this issue.[1] Indeed, the UK’s current EU Commissioner, testifying to the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee on Thursday 14 June, noted that the EU was not deliberately being difficult but that an agreement would need to be found on data, dispute settlement as well as the legal enforcement of any UK participation.[2] 

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Open Britain Background Briefing: Amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill

Overview

This briefing, produced by Open Britain on behalf of the APPG on EU Relations, provides an overview of the 15 amendments made by the House of Lords on the EU Withdrawal Bill. The amendments will be debated and voted on in the House of Commons on Tuesday 12 June and Wednesday 13 June 2018. In each case, we provide:

  • The text of the amendment
  • What the amendment would do
  • Points to make in the debate
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Briefing: The Government’s New Backstop Proposal

Overview

The Government has today published its new plan for the Brexit backstop. The plan would effectively keep the UK in the Customs Union (but not the Single Market) after the transition ends in December 2020. The plan says the Government "expects" the backstop to only last for 12 months at most (until December 2021), but it does not say who would decide when it ends.

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Trade-Offs: The Harsh Reality of Going-it-Alone as ‘Global Britain’

Open Britain's new report sets out the bleak prospects Britain would face in trying to secure its own international trade deals outside the Customs Union and Europe’s economic area.

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Background Briefing: The Government’s Approach to the GALILEO project

Overview

On Thursday 24 May, the Government published its position paper on future UK participation in the EU’s GALILEO satellite navigation project, which has become a bone of contention in the negotiations, with the Government very clear that it would like to continue to participate in the project post-Brexit, at odds with the European Commission’s stance on this.[1]

This briefing paper outlines Open Britain’s top lines and our assessment of the Government’s position paper, as published today.

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Background Briefing: The Government’s Approach to Data and Science, Research and Innovation

Overview

On Wednesday 23 May, the Government published two documents spelling out how they envisage the future UK-EU relationship working in the areas of data and science, research & innovation. In the case of data, this document follows a previous position paper from August last year, which can be found here (Open Britain’s assessment of that document can be found here.) In the case of science and research, the document follows an earlier Government position paper from September last year, available here (Open Britain’s assessment is available here.)

This briefing paper outlines Open Britain’s top lines and our assessment of the Government’s position papers as published on 23 May.

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House of Commons Debate on Post-Brexit Customs Arrangements

Briefing prepared ahead of the House of Commons debate on post-Brexit Customs Arrangements.

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