Brexit impacts: call for information

We are renewing our call for information in order to shape the second phase of Brexit negotiations and create a pro-active, forward facing view of local government after the UK's exit from the European Union.

The LGA is committed to monitoring the effects of Brexit on local government and using this knowledge to strengthen your voice during the negotiations. 

As leaders of your place we want to hear about what’s important to you.

We have created a basic overview of topics and issues you may wish to cover in your submission (which can also been seen under the headings below), however keep in mind these are suggestions rather than strict requirements.

There is no time limit for responding - please email

The LGA is committed to monitoring the effects of Brexit on local government and using this knowledge to strengthen your voice during the negotiations. As such we regularly engage with our membership and a range of stakeholders, including through ‘calls for information’.

In November 2016 we released a call for information covering three broad areas; local growth, local public services and regional funding. We received a range of responses from different partner organisations which highlighted various risks and opportunities from leaving the European Union. These ranged from potential impacts on public services and local workforces, to opportunities to reform both the legislative and regional funding environment.

Since then there have been a number of key developments in the negotiation process, most notably:

  • The triggering of Article 50 on 29 March 2017, meaning that the UK will currently leave the EU no later than April 2019.
  • The unveiling of eight ‘Brexit Bills’ including the EU (Withdrawal), Customs, Trade, Immigration, Fisheries and Agriculture Bills. These are followed by a series of policy papers, including:
  • A White Paper on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill which outlined plans to transfer EU legislation into the UK statute, subject to review by Ministers using ‘Henry VIII powers’ to amend secondary legislation without an Act of Parliament.
  • White Papers on the Trade & Customs Bills outlining potential contingency arrangements in the event of no deal and the announcement of £3bn for Brexit contingency planning in the Autumn Budget.
  • A series of position and future partnership papers on a range of issues including EU & UK citizens’ rights, foreign policy, defence and development and collaboration on science and innovation.
  • The announcement of a consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), the proposed domestic successor to the European Structural and Infrastructure Funds.
  • The beginning of negotiations and December’s agreement that the UK/EU had made sufficient progress on the priority negotiation issues of citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and N.Ireland Border, to start discussions about our future relationship. This includes an intention to provide continued access to EU-sourced funding for projects, with funding arrangements in place before we leave the EU, possible access to European Investment Bank moneys and detail on customs and trading standards.
  • The beginning of the second phase of negotiations, expected to start in January and include discussions on transitional arrangements followed by negotiations on a future trade framework in March.

The LGA has responded to these various developments as they occurred, most notably outlining our ten priority areas for reviewing EU legislation and developing our positions around successor funding regimes.

We have also been working on a range of issues with colleagues in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), as well as the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), and have identified further key areas for local government input. Any information you provide will shape both our priorities and those of Whitehall as the negotiations continue.

Economy: what are the risks and opportunities of Brexit on your local economy and what impacts do you expect in the future?
Your response could include:

  • Any economic modelling of potential effects conducted by your authority or your local businesses.
  • The general response from your LEPs and local businesses.
  • The challenges and opportunities for future programmes to support local firms importing and exporting.
  • Any local investment opportunities or risks arising from Brexit.

Workforce: what risks and opportunities does Brexit represent for your local workforce and the skills of your residents?
Your response could include:

  • Any modelling of your local labour market, including analyses of those sectors and services likely to experience the greatest change.
  • Risks and opportunities of EU exit on delivery of the services you provide.

Funding: what are your priorities for local growth funding, particularly for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) domestic successor regime, and which other sources of funding are particularly important to your local economy?
Your response could include:

  • Your headline priorities for the UKSPF.
  • Examples of successful projects, what they achieved and how they could be better supported.
  • Your opinion on the role of local authorities in allocating and awarding funds as well as maintaining transparency and flexibility in growth programmes.

EU legislation: what are your priorities for local government when EU legislation is reviewed in the UK?

Your response could include:

  • Any existing regulatory frameworks, that you would change and those that you would keep.
  • Which regulatory functions currently delivered by EU agencies you think would sit better with local government than national government.