The House of Commons Communities and Local Government committee (CLG) has launched an inquiry into the impact of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU on local government.
MPs on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee will examine which powers currently held by the EU could be devolved to local authorities following the UK’s exit, and how local government is represented in the negotiations. Also to be considered are the risks and opportunities there are for local government in the Brexit process.
Chair of the CLG Committee Clive Betts MP said:
‘The previous communities secretary said last year that local government must be represented in the negotiations on the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU, but the role of local authorities post-Brexit is still unclear.
‘We hope our inquiry will help to clarify what the best possible outcome of those talks for local government would look like.
‘We will be investigating which powers local authorities could take as they are returned from Brussels, and explore how our departure from the EU might affect investment, development, and economic funding affecting local authorities.
‘We will also want to look at the employment of EU nationals and how local workforces may be impacted by Brexit, in areas such as adult social care and construction.’
The Committee is encouraging written responses to the inquiry, setting a deadline date of 14 November for submissions. The Committee then expects to hold a series of one-off evidence sessions running until early 2019 with the first evidence session to be held later in 2017, aimed at clarifying the key concerns of the local government sector and the desired outcome of the EU negotiations.