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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UK-EU revised agreement of 17 October 2019 on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union

Since the referendum, the LGA has taken a neutral position on the UK’s membership of the EU. Our work has helped to ensure that the Government was addressing the risks and opportunities for councils and their communities as the UK leaves the EU. We established a seat at the negotiating table for local government through the MHCLG Delivery Board. This briefing sets out details of the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and the key issues known for councils so far.

UK-EU joint report: Phase 1 Negotiations Briefing, 11 December 2017

This briefing sets out those issues in the report which are of most importance to local government. It also details the work that the LGA will now undertake to ensure that councils’ needs are addressed during the next stage of the negotiations.

The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union

Local government holds a range of views about the future of Britain’s relationship with the EU and the LGA remained neutral during the referendum campaign.

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.

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.

Response to the Migration Advisory Committee call for evidence into the contribution of European Economic Area (EEA) workers in the UK labour market, October 2017

A key issue for local government is business continuity and the ability to plan for the sustainability of essential public services and that local private and public sector employers have a steady supply of the skills they need to thrive and grow.

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.

No Deal and Local Government briefing - August 2018

This paper offers the headline issues for local government under a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario and advises Government on the key issues that would need to be addressed through national action.

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.

Local Government and the EU

The UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) is going to have a significant impact on local government, creating challenges that will need to be addressed, but also opportunities to do things differently.

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