Research & Publications - People's Vote

Background Briefing: 24 September - Government technical notes further highlight Brexit no deal disaster

Summary

On Monday 24 September, the Government released a further batch of technical notices on preparations for a no deal Brexit, covering issues ranging from the exporting of animals to flight safety to issues ranging road haulage companies and problems which chemical producers would face. The notes show the enormous negative impact that leaving the EU will have for the British public and cover issues which were not discussed during the referendum campaign. Today’s release is yet further evidence of the impact which “no deal” will have on the country and the ensuing chaos that it will cause.

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Briefing and Rebuttal: Institute for Economic Affairs “Creating a prosperous post-Brexit UK”

On Monday 24 September, the pro-hard Brexit think tank “The Institute for Economic Affairs” published a  paper on how they envisaged a post-Brexit prosperous UK. This briefing rebuts some of the main claims made in the paper, which is vague at times (including on the Irish border) and muddled in its thinking and is not realistic as regards global UK trade global trade patterns. The suggestions it contains would see the UK have less, not more control, over its borders and whilst the IEA would like to see the UK diverge from existing EU regulations, it is not clear precisely to what degree changes would be made. More generally the paper makes a number of assumptions about international trade which do not stack up.  

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Background Briefing: Latest Government technical notes further highlight Brexit no deal disaster

Summary

On Thursday 13 September, the Government released a further batch of technical notices on preparations for a no deal Brexit, covering issues ranging from farming to tax to state aid and rights at the workplace. The notes show the enormous negative impact that leaving the EU will have for British consumers (which nobody was told about during the referendum campaign). Where the first batch of notes on ‘no deal’ released in July showed the chaos that Brexit will cause to businesses and the country’s economy, today’s documents demonstrate the grave consequences which Brexit will have for ordinary people across the country. 

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Background Briefing: Debunking the ERG paper on Northern Ireland

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On Tuesday 12 September, the European Research Group (ERG) of backbench Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs, published a 19 page document, claiming to show a hard border could be avoided in Northern Ireland in the event of a hard Brexit. This briefing spells out 10 reasons why the assumptions made in the document are either not grounded in reality, fail to understand existing EU rules or would increase checks and bureaucracy in Northern Ireland – a part of the UK where latest opinion polls suggests that over two thirds of the population actually wants to stay in the EU.

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Briefing: The Government’s ‘No Deal’ Impact Assessments

Summary

The Government’s assessments of the impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on the UK, published today, show that ministers’ inability to deliver a workable or beneficial Brexit deal means we are now at risk of a no deal Brexit.

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The White Paper on the Withdrawal & Implementation Bill: Too Many Unanswered Questions

Overview

On Tuesday 24 July, the UK Government published a white paper on the withdrawal & implementation bill, the aim of which will be to implement the yet-to-be agreed withdrawal & transition agreement between the UK and the EU into UK law.     

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Background Briefing: Why Theresa May’s Capitulation to the ERG Has Killed Her White Paper

Overview

On Monday 9 July, the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill had its report stage and third reading. The European Research Group (ERG) of backbench Conservative MPs tabled four amendments, all of which were accepted by the Government.

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The Government's Brexit White Paper: Unworkable and Bad for Britain

Overview

On Thursday 12 July, the UK Government published its paper on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union building on its 3 page blueprint plan for the future UK-EU partnership  which had been agreed to at the Chequer’s meeting on Friday 6 July.

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