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The CIPD have released a report highlighting the difficulties faced by employers in recruitment of EU workers since the Brexit referendum.

Weekly reflection

Key dates

4 September
Parliamentary business resumes following summer recess

4 September
Customs Bill returns to Parliament

11 September
Trade Bill returns to Parliament

20 September
Salzburg Summit commences

  • The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (“CIPD”) have released a report highlighting the difficulties faced by employers in recruitment of EU workers since the Brexit referendum. Following a survey of 2,000 employers, it was revealed that the number of applicants per vacancy had dropped at every skill level. EU born workers in the UK had increased by 7,000 during 2017 and 2018 first quarters, compared to 148,000 during the same period in 2016/2017. The main areas to suffer from the supply shock include construction, transportation and IT.
  • The Government has published a number of statutory instruments, to include “The EEA Passport Rights (Amendment, etc., and Transitional Provisions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018” which will be laid before Parliament in the autumn. The statutory instrument proposes a repeal of Section 31(1)(b) and (c) and Schedules 3 and 4 of the UK’s Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, the provision which legitimizes the use of financial services passports. There is also provision for the establishment of a “temporary permissions regime” as announced by the Government on 20 December 2017.
  • A group of UK expats living within the EU has launched a legal challenge against the 2016 Brexit referendum in light of the Electoral Commission’s ruling on the Leave campaign spending. Legal proceedings, in the form of judicial review, allege that the referendum was not a lawful, fair or free vote. The Government intends to defend the proceedings on the basis that a previous similar challenge has been dismissed and, in any event, the action has been brought out of time. The expats’ legal team includes Patrick Green QC and Jessica Simor QC who were both involved in the Article 50 litigation. A hearing date is awaited.
  • This week has seen the UK Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, commencing a three day visit of Europe to promote the UK’s White Paper on Brexit. Mr. Hunt is due to meet with the Foreign Ministers for Denmark, Latvia and the Netherlands. However, ahead of his visit Mr. Hunt issued a warning to the EU Commission that a change in their approach to the negotiations is required.
  • Mr. Edgars Rinkevics, Foreign Minister for Latvia has announced, prior to his meeting with Jeremy Hunt this week, that there is a “very considerable risk” the UK could “crash out of the bloc without a withdrawal agreement”. He further commented “I think it is only now the British public and British Government understand how complex, how difficult this kind of Brexit is, and that it is very difficult to build the future relationship”.
  • The negotiation talks between the EU and UK will reconvene on Thursday 16 August 2018 although neither Dominic Raab nor Michel Barnier are expected to be in attendance. The Irish border and the future relationship are to be discussed.
  • The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has confirmed that there has been a drop in funds allocated to UK Universities from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. It is reported that there has been a drop from 25.47% in February 2017 to 24.22% by the end of May. Since February 2017 British researchers had lost 136 million euros according to Universities UK. A Professor of European Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said “I’ve heard British researchers being asked to step aside from European research consortiums and excluded from funding applications”. This comes at a time when the UK Government has guaranteed to underwrite all payments to the EU’s Horizon 2020 grant recipients until the end of the programme in 2020.

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