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7 December 2018

Publish date: 07/12/2018

You will be aware from previous blogs that LLG have been convening regional Brexit working groups to examine the impact of Brexit on local authority law and governance. At the time of writing this blog, four branches have already met and fed back into the national picture; Southern, South East, London & Eastern. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) are working to a tight deadline to prepare their briefing for ministers and LLG are looking to provide them with our response the week commencing 7th January 2019. Discussion notes from the regional meetings taking place will be available on the Brexit SAA page of the website next week. Please do take a look and let me have your views.

LLG have also received a direct invitation from the MHCLG to attend four regional meetings to provide a platform for senior Whitehall officials to engage with local government chief officers throughout December. Directors of Law have been identified to attend to represent our sector and will share a platform with a variety of departments including; the EU Exit Team, EU Engagement Team, DEFRA, DHSC, Trading Standards and Cross Government Border Delivery Group. The focus will be on the impact on local government of the EU Exit, the preparations required now, and the support required from central government to prepare.

LLG have also been working with the Ministry via direct nomination to the EU Exit Advisory Panel in November which has already met to engage with senior Whitehall Official to test policy thinking and gain confidential advice. The Group is comprised of local authority chief officers and representatives from SOLACE, CIPFA and London Councils. LLG's representative has produced a useful briefing note form the first meeting which explored the impact of Brexit but particularly the impact of a no deal Brexit on local government and place. The note contains details of the main areas of concern raised to date and can be read here https://www.lawyersinlocalgovernment.org.uk/saas/eu-referendum

If you have a comment or query or would like to feed into the Brexit Regional Working Groups, please do contact me directly.

Best Wishes

Helen McGrath

Head of Public Affairs

Helen@llg.org.uk