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The North East LEP recognises that Brexit is a complex debate and that economic output is only one aspect of it, however the North East LEP has a responsibility to provide information on the economic outcomes in the most balanced and responsible way we can. We were therefore instrumental in forming the North East Brexit Group within the region following the decision to leave the EU.

The Group provides a collective, single voice to contribute to and influence the on-going national dialogue around the UK leaving the European Union. It is made up of members from business representative organisations, the education sector, trade unions, local authorities, the North East LEP and voluntary organisations.

The Group has monitored and prepared evidence about the potential impact of Brexit scenarios and related economic issues, incorporating evidence, views, experiences and responses of business, education and other organisations in the North East region, aiming to ensure that a clear and co-ordinated North East voice is heard.

In this work, the group has:

  • Published a response to the Migration Advisory Committee Call for Evidence in October 2017, which can be viewed here
  • Published a ‘key messages’ statement on what our regional priorities are to inform Brexit negotiations, available here
  • Published a meta-analysis of reports and studies examining the impact of Brexit on the North East economy and its key sectors, available here. The accompanying press release is available here
  • Responded to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) inquiry into post-Brexit funding, specifically the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, available here
  • Supported the development of the Brexit Toolkit which is now live on the North East Growth Hub, available here. The accompanying press release is available here.

The North East Strategic Economic Plan, which will inform the Local Industrial Strategy, aims to create 100,000 ‘more and better’ jobs between 2014-2024. To date there are 62,500 ‘more’ jobs of which 78% are ‘better’ jobs.

The reports and evidence detailed above are available to inform the practical arrangements for Brexit and the potential impacts on the North East economy, and therefore on our residents and businesses.

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Colin Bell