Brexit

EU Exit Working Group

The role of the EU Exit Working Group is:

  • To co-ordinate the work of the London Assembly’s committees in relation to the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union;
  • To lead for the London Assembly in the Government’s negotiations with the European Union to help to ensure that London’s voice is heard;
  • To consider the activities and approaches of other devolved administrations and relevant bodies across the United Kingdom in relation to the UK’s vote to leave the EU, with a view to ensuring any consequential implications arising for London are taken into account; and
  • To make recommendations to the Mayor, Government and any other relevant parties in relation to the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

The Mayor talks to the EU Exit working group

Guests at the EU Exit Working Group discussion on EU Nationals

Recent meetings

No deal?  What’s London’s plan?

On 13 February, the Group found out how London’s contingency planning was progressing for a no-deal Brexit.

The London Resilience Forum (LRF) is at the heart of London’s contingency planning activities. 
Over the summer of 2018, the Mayor tasked the LRF to assess what impact leaving the EU without a deal would have on access to medicine, energy and food, as well as on the emergency services ability to maintain medical care, law and order.

The London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) launched its Brexit Business Hub in September 2018.  Through the Brexit Hub, the LEAP wants to encourage small and micro-businesses to think about the status of any EU staff, supply chains, taxation, intellectual property, and their ability to trade in the marketplace. 

The guests were:

  • Fiona Twycross, Chair of the London Resilience Forum
  • John Hetherington, Head of London Resilience
  • Khadir Meer, Regional Chief Operating Officer, NHS England

Read the transcript and the letter from NHS England. 

 

Status of EU Nationals

On 28 November, the Group discussed the changes to the status of EU Nationals living in the UK and wanting to remain after the UK. The Group heard from Professor Charlotte O’Brien, York Law School, Christopher Desira, Director, Seraphus, solicitors specialising in migration and EU law and Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future. The discussion covered Government proposals for a new settled status and highlighted the risks to some groups who might not be as easy to reach. Watch the full webcast here.

London's future outside the EU

On 25 October, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, appeared before the Group to discuss his role in preparing London for a future outside the EU. He was joined by John Barradell, Deputy Chair of the London Resilience Forum. You can watch the meeting here.

Resilience in the case of a no-deal Brexit

On 30 October, experts from UK industries met the Group to discuss resilience efforts in the case of a no-deal Brexit. Sonali Parekh, Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses, William Bain, Policy Advisor, Europe and International, British Retail Consortium and Tim Rycroft, Chief Operating Officer, Food and Drink Federation attended. You can watch the meeting here.

Committee Members

Work of the group

Brexit Directive I - EU Citizens

London’s EU citizens face an ‘advice crisis’
A letter to the Mayor, to feed into his discussions with David Davies, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

The Mayor responded to the letter on October 17 2017
"Your letter makes a number of important points, along with a number of recommendations for me to consider. I have responded to these..."
READ the Mayor's response.
 

Brexit Directive II - A Brexit strategy for London

Mayor pressed to publish a Brexit plan of action
A letter to the Mayor pushing him for a published plan of action to give the capital and the financial markets further reassurance. This should cover issues including the impact of Brexit on future funding, London’s financial services sector and the regulatory framework for environmental standards.

Brexit Directive III - Security after Brexit

‘Warm words’ won’t keep London safe after Brexit
A letter to the Mayor, to consider what contingencies may be needed, should no deal be reached on law enforcement and justice measures after we leave the European Union.

Read the Mayor's response
 

Brexit Directive IV - Health

Hospitals haemorrhaging clinically qualified EU citizens

In its fourth Brexit Directive letter to the Mayor, the London Assembly urges him to discuss whether the Government could provide a sector-specific guarantee for the rights of EU healthcare workers.  It also recommends that the Mayor asks the Government to review what impact the removal of nursing bursaries has had on nursing applications.
 

Brexit Directive V - People's Vote

London Mayor should support People's Vote on Brexit

On September 6th, in a motion agreed by 13 votes for, to 9 votes against, the Assembly called on the Mayor to join the campaign and actively lobby Government and MPs to introduce a second vote on Brexit, if the deal is rejected by Parliament or there is no deal.  

You can read recent London Assembly work on the impact of Brexit.

Committee Meetings

Browse meetings and agendas for this committee and to check out further information relating to the committee, including terms of reference.

Contact the EU Exit Working Group

If you have a media enquiry relating to the EU Exit Working Group please contact:

Head of Communications: Alison Bell, [email protected] 020 7983 4228

Scrutiny Manager: Richard Derecki, [email protected], 020 7983 4899

Committee Officer: Lauren Harvey, [email protected], 020 7983 4383

If you have a query about the Mayor's Brexit plans please call 020 7983 4000.  You can also visit the Brexit section of this site for more info.