The UK is expected to leave the European Union in the near future. With current uncertainty about the terms and timescales of the country’s exit from the EU, we have been putting plans in place for a range of possibilities.

We have been working closely with partners in central government, the NHS, the Local Government Association, the Metropolitan Police, Greater London Authority and other public bodies to minimise any potential detrimental effect of Brexit on residents and businesses in Lambeth, particularly in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

The impacts from Brexit are expected to have an influence across all our communities. Preparations for Brexit therefore, are expected to have an impact to some degree on all priorities in Lambeth council’s Borough Plan.

To prepare for Brexit, Lambeth council has appointed a Brexit Lead Officer, Brexit Single Point Of Contact and Brexit Impact team. These roles are responsible for ensuring the council has taken all reasonable steps, in line with guidance from Government and its agencies, to prepare for Brexit. This includes providing clear communication to local residents and businesses to support their own preparations. The Lead Officer and Single Point of Contact post holder proactively raise with the Government and London Resilience Forum any emerging trends, issues and other local intelligence that might assist in No Deal preparations.

Lambeth council is in constant communications with key partners through the Local Strategic Partnership: Lambeth First, to recognise the challenges they are facing, identify opportunities to work together and agree on priorities to be delivered on a local level.

As Brexit potentially poses such considerable impacts on Lambeth, the council has been in discussion with key partners across all sectors including the Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service, the NHS, Voluntary and Community Sector groups and local businesses. A Brexit task and finish group chaired by Lambeth council’s Chief Executive Andrew Travers takes place fortnightly and is attended by partner organisations where partner No-Deal Brexit Contingency Planning Assumptions are shared. A Brexit Resilience Programme board feeds up to this group which coordinates the risk assessment, mitigation, contingency planning, engagement, communications and monitors a programme plan.

Brexit preparations started in December 2018 and have been re-prioritised following recent political changes at a national level. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government have allocated all London Boroughs £315,000 in funding to use for Brexit preparations.

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The following guidance and links offer further information about our contingency planning and how any risks can be mitigated.

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