Over two years have passed since the UK took the monumental decision to leave the European Union. There is still so much left to be decided. With the UK set to leave the EU in March 2019, and the current deal proposed by Theresa May defeated in the House of Commons, there is still no clear path as to what will happen next. Many MPs across the Commons do not want a situation of a no-deal Brexit. A no deal Brexit has significant implications for civil society. Therefore, understanding the potential impacts of Brexit on the Third sector is crucial. Whether we leave with or without a deal, it is absolutely vital for the Third Sector to prepare for the uncertain times ahead.
In this context the WM Funders Network organised a short briefing on Brexit and the implications for the Third Sector in the region hosted by Brewin Dolphin, 9 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2BJ. The focus of the briefing was to provide an update and offer some assessment of what this might mean for the Sector.
As there is still much to be clarified such as the agreement on how much money the UK owes the EU, what happens to the Northern Ireland border and what happens to UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK, there has also been agreed a ‘transition period’ to put in place the necessary arrangements for the UK leave the EU. The speakers considered what this might mean for the Third Sector:
Ian Burrows, Brewin Dolphin, Investment Managers kicked off by looking at the implications for the economy and investment income for charities.
Mick McAteer, The Financial Inclusion Centre provided evidence from various data sets on particular impact on households in the region with higher financial vulnerabilities;
Jill Rutter, BritishFutures focused on the likely changes to immigration policy and implications for obtaining settlement status for EU migrants in the UK, and
Andy Churchill, Chief Executive, Network for Europe looked at European Funding and its replacement by the Government’s proposed Shared Prosperity Fund.
A copy of the full slides for the briefing can be found here
Links to other information and resources:
Department for Exiting the European Union: How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal:
Home Office: Immigration from 30th March 2019 if there is not deal:
The Treasury: The Government’s guarantee for EU- funded programmes if there is no Brexit deal
The National Agency: Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps Programme – Updated guidance from Government
The Brexit Civil Society Alliance: https://www.brexitcivilsocietyalliance.org/resources/
NCVO: Brexit updates https://www.ncvo.org.uk/policy-and-research/europe
Learning and Work Institute: https://www.learningandwork.org.uk/futureesf/
Birmingham City Council: The Impact of Brexit on Birmingham and the West Midlands