Article 50 has been triggered and the UK is officially leaving the EU. In the coming weeks negotiations will begin, the Great Repeal Bill is imminent; the clock is ticking on the two year period until the UK's exit and change is coming. We all have questions on what this means for us, our business and our employees, but to date we have had to make do with many column inches of speculation.
As we head towards this "unique opportunity" to step back and to emerge "stronger, fairer, more united and outward looking than ever before", we now know that the UK's blueprint for achieving Brexit is set out in seven negotiating principles:
- We should engage with one another constructively and respectfully, in a spirit of sincere cooperation.
- We should always put our citizens first.
- We should work towards securing a comprehensive agreement.
- We should work together to minimise disruption and give as much certainty as possible.
- We must pay attention to the UK’s unique relationship with the Republic of Ireland and the importance of the peace process in Northern Ireland.
- We should begin technical talks on detailed policy areas as soon as possible, but we should prioritise the biggest challenges.
- We should continue to work together to advance and protect our shared European values
The full text of the Article 50 letter gives more tantalising details of the UK's future but it also highlights the significant challenge ahead, made no simpler with a further Scottish Referendum.
To help you chart your way through the challenges and uncertainty and find opportunity from Brexit, DWF today launches its Brexit Blueprint series of events with former Minister and Chief Whip Rt Hon Mark Harper MP.
On 9 May 2017, the first event in our series will focus on getting you up to speed with what is happening with Brexit, the process, next steps and what the Great Repeal Bill really will do. To help your chart your own Brexit Blueprint and separate Brexit fact from fiction we will hear from:
- Rt Hon Mark Harper MP – on what the process will be, what the negotiating points will be, how you can ensure that your voice is heard and what you can and should be doing to prepare your Brexit Blueprint and why you should be doing that now;
- Professor Tony Travers,London School of Economics - on the Brexit Blueprint for London and what it means for your governance; and
- Hilary Ross, DWF Partner – our 3 top tips for your Brexit Blueprint.
After the main session there will be optional sector focussed Brexit Masterclass roundtable sessions allowing you to explore in more detail with our experts the issues impacting the Retail, Food and Hospitality, Insurance or Financial Services sectors and focus on what really matters to you.
If you would like to join us at the event, reserve your place now »