Briefings and responses

On behalf of its membership, the cross-party LGA regularly submits to Government consultations, briefs parliamentarians and responds to a wide range of parliamentary inquiries. Our recent responses to government consultations and parliamentary briefings can be found here.

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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.

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.

Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU

This briefing provides an analysis of the recent Government White Paper: ‘Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union’.

EU (Withdrawal) Bill Second Reading, House of Commons, 7 September 2017

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill will convert 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 on the day the UK leaves 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.

LGA briefing - EU (Withdrawal) Bill Committee Stage, days 1 and 2, House of Commons, November 2017

EU 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.

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.

EU (Withdrawal) Bill, Committee Stage day eight, House of Commons, 20 December 2017

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.

HMG White Paper on legislating for the UK’s future customs, VAT and excise regimes, LGA Response, November 2017

Councils have regulatory responsibilities in relation to a broad range of products arriving in the country at ports of entry.

HMG white paper on future UK trade policy, LGA Response, November 2017

We welcome the references in the white paper to the importance of involving local government in the development of the UK’s trade policy.


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