Briefings and responses

On behalf of its members, the cross-party LGA regularly briefs parliamentarians of all political affiliations on issues of concern and relevance to local government ahead of debates in Parliament. The most recent of these can be found here, as can the LGA's written responses to parliamentary inquiries, such as those held by Select Committees.

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No Deal and Local Government briefing - August 2018

The Government and the European Union have both stressed that ‘no deal’ is a least-preferred option. This paper has been developed and delivered in that spirit. It offers the headline issues for local government under a ‘no deal’ scenario and advises Government on the key issues that would need to be addressed through national action.

The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Since the referendum in 2016, the LGA has been highlighting the most important risks and opportunities for local government resulting from the UK’s exit from the EU.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, Ping Pong, House of Commons, 12 June 2018

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will convert the entire body of EU law into UK law, with the intention of allowing businesses to continue operating and providing fairness to individuals, knowing the rules have not changed when the UK leaves the EU.

Opposition Day Debate on Brexit, House of Commons - 16 May 2018

The White Paper Legislating for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU states that leaving the EU is an opportunity to ensure returning “power sits closer to the people of the UK than ever before”. It includes a commitment to continue to champion devolution to local government.

House of Commons debate on the Industrial Strategy, 18 April 2018

As we leave the European Union, the Government’s industrial strategy provides an opportunity to drive the creation of a successful, world-leading economy. We welcome the strong focus on place as one of the five foundations of productivity and the building block of local industrial strategies.

The impact of Brexit on tourism and creative industries, 17 April 2018

The UK’s exit from the EU will have a significant impact on local communities and businesses. The LGA, along with local government associations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, is meeting regularly with ministers and officials to discuss issues important to councils.

Draft Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union

This briefing sets out the issues in the draft EU withdrawal agreement of most importance to local government.

Local Government Association (LGA) EU (Withdrawal) Bill Committee Stage, House of Lords March 2018

Amendment statements for border checks; family reunification; local government consultation and devolution.

EU (Withdrawal) Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 30 & 31 January 2018

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will convert the entire body of EU law into UK law, with the intention of allowing businesses to continue operating and providing fairness to individuals, knowing the rules have not changed when the UK leaves the EU. This legal certainty must be given to councils too.

EU (Withdrawal) Bill Remaining Stages, House of Commons 16 and 17 January 2018

European Union laws impact many of the council services that affect people's day-to-day lives, from protecting people from unsafe food when they eat out to regulating how councils buy goods and services. The conversion of EU law will therefore have an impact on our most important public services.

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