At the risk of repeating what we’ve said before, what a week. It’s now officially confirmed that Boris Johnson is the new PM, who said on the steps of No 10 that the UK will leave the EU on October 31, “no ifs or buts.'' Parliament has now promptly left the Westminster village for summer recess. The next three months will be crucial, now is a prime opportunity for organisations to look ahead. Key questions that need answering are whether the UK leaves with a deal, or will we face a cliff-edge exit come October 31st? What about a general election? In this week’s special edition of the Bulletin, we scan the Brexit horizon and attempt to predict the unpredictable.
As Theresa May is getting ready to pack her bags, her legacy is determined by a failure to deliver Brexit. In that process and as we’ve said many times before, May’s government has been one dominated by grave uncertainty for civil society, individuals and business, lack of parliamentary scrutiny, ignoring the devolved nations, removal of rights and a failure to engage with civil society. Unsurprisingly, her report card is not full of A’s.
Another week, another attempt by MPs prevent a no deal exit on the 31st October. Meanwhile, Labour announced a new Brexit and referendum policy. Business is unhappy with how the government is engaging on the Irish Border and the House of Commons Library explain when we might get a General Election.
Erskine May, the bible on all things parliamentary procedure is now available to read online, significantly improving transparency and access to information on how the Commons work
A dozen have become two. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are the two Conservative leadership candidates to go the membership. At the EU summit, the Irish Prime Minister has reinforced that the EU will not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement or the backstop. The Lords EU Select Committee heard from David Lidington, and the European Commission has performed a Mapping Exercise of key areas of concern on the Irish border. As usual some events for your diary, and recommended reading for your weekend.
Tomorrow the Brexit Civil Society Alliance will be speaking at the Institute for Government seminar on “Negotiating the next phase of Brexit”. This is timely given the six-month extension for Brexit and the opportunity now for a period of reflection on how the government has fared so far.
Last week, the Brexit Civil Society Alliance, NPC and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales brought together leading organisations from the third sector to try and map out the role and mission for the social and wider voluntary sector through (and beyond) Brexit.