Brexit Lead Officer Network

LGiU is convening a network for Brexit lead officers across the UK, those officers tasked with coordinating their councils’ Brexit planning and response. This network is a private space for Brexit lead officers to share information, ask questions and coordinate their efforts.

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Brexit planning is firmly on the agenda in every UK local authority, as councils attempt to predict the impact of leaving the EU on their council’s operations and residents and put plans in place to ensure services continue smoothly. This has been a difficult piece of work as councils have grappled with the consequences for their particular area – be that ports, highways, food testing, staff or other aspects – on top of the shifting date and terms of our exit from the EU.

Following feedback from our member authorities, LGiU is convening a network for Brexit leads across the UK, those officers tasked with coordinating their councils’ Brexit planning and response. This network is a private space for Brexit lead officers to share information, ask questions and coordinate their efforts.

Purpose of the Brexit Lead Officer Network

  • Intelligence sharing. What have people heard on the grapevine? What data has the Government shared or not shared? What are councils being asked to do? What are residents asking the council about preparations? Are contractors and providers being helpful and responsive?
  • Discussion and debate. What do people think about new developments in policy, advice and communications from MHCLG and other departments? How are people interpreting new data, duties and instructions? Which issues are taking up the most time and effort at the moment? What are the councillors’ priorities? How are councils directing their staff and financial resources?
  • Sharing resources. Are there any new pieces of research or analysis that have really helped Brexit lead officers to focus their attention? Have any councils produced excellent in-house guides that could be shared with others?
  • Coordinating action. Is everyone having the same conversations with central government departments? Are there datasets or information all councils would value which hasn’t been offered? Are there other public or private sector stakeholders which should be brought into the conversation?

If you are the officer in charge of your council’s Brexit preparations (Brexit Lead Officers in England, other titles elsewhere in the UK) get in touch for an invitation to join the private network. Email jennifer.glover@lgiu.org

Find our latest work on Brexit and local government here.

Local government’s Brexit preparations: the Chief Executive view

LGiU ran a survey of chief executives of all UK local authorities throughout September 2019 to hear the views on how Brexit planning is being incorporated into their work and how confident they feel about their plans. Read the member-only briefing.

LGiU Fortnightly 13th Sept – Brexit planning for councils

As a major import centre for animal feed and pharmaceuticals, Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, tells us about his concerns for managing increased traffic through the city’s port, the SoS’s surprise announcement that councils are now responsible for dealing with Brexit-related economic issues, and the lack of advice and funding from central government. Listen to the podcast here.

Brexit Update August 2019

What has the new regime in number 10 meant for local government in relation to brexit planning and how are councils meant to prepare for a possible no deal brexit? We consider some of the possible economic and constitutional implications and challenges facing councils in this member-only briefing.