Welcome to the Wales Civil Society Forum on Brexit
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Latest Brexit Highlights
The meaningful vote finally took place on the 14th of January 2019. This saw the withdrawal agreement and political declaration which have been negotiated with the EU over the last two years rejected. These documents were to set the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU by providing guarantees for citizens’ rights, a transition period as well as a backstop solution for the Irish Border, and to provide a non-binding starting point for future negotiations.
Since then MP’s voted on a series of proposals to try and break the Brexit deadlock on the 29th of January. The result of this is that the Prime Minister will now seek to reopen the negotiations with the EU to secure changes to the most contentious provisions – those on the Irish Border. A repeat of the meaningful vote is expected on the 14th of February 2019.
The challenge is that there is very little time and the EU has so far been unwilling to reopen the Agreement. In the meantime, the Brexit clock is ticking and if an agreement is not approved or no extension is asked for and granted, the UK will leave the EU on the 29th of March without an agreement. See our resources section for help in understand the implications of this.
The next Brexit Forum Briefing event will take place on the 20th of February. It is open to all third sector organisations, charities, voluntary and community organisations etc…If you would like to hear the latest Brexit information from academics from the Wales Governance Centre, and what other organisations are doing to prepare, then please feel free to sign up and come along.
We are seeking expressions of interest for a conference for third sector organisations and academics on the topic of Brexit, Devolution and Civil Society which will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of May in Belfast (all expenses covered for speakers and delegates – but spaces will be limited). This event is co-organised with similar Brexit projects from Scotland and Northern Ireland, so will be an excellent opportunity to build on and create new relationships across the UK, and to explore what civil society may look like and do in the post-Brexit landscape. Contact us to register your interest.