Research & Publications

Background Briefing: One year on - 52 new facts about Brexit

Today, Thursday 29 March 2018 marks the 1 year anniversary of the UK Government having triggered Article 50 and also one year to the day until the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. Since the notification of article 50, 52 weeks have passed and many developments and new facts have emerged on Brexit, none of which could have been known during the referendum campaign. To signify this fact, Open Britain have compiled a list of 52 new facts to highlight the uncertainty which Brexit is causing and also the negative trajectory on which the country finds itself. 

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Background briefing: Seven Broken Promises on Transition

Overview

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 – ‘Throwing Open Our Borders’

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.

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APPG Briefing: General Debate on Brexit

Overview

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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Background Briefing: The OBR Forecasts and the Spring Statement

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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.[1] It also came just days after publication of the Government’s secret Brexit impact analysis[2], which showed that Brexit under every scenario would make the UK worse off.[3]

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Background Briefing: The Government's Secret Brexit Impact Analysis

Overview

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: Philip Hammond's Canary Wharf speech

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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: EU Council Draft Negotiating Guidelines

Overview

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: European Parliament Draft Resolution

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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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Briefing: Theresa May's Mansion House speech

Overview

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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