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Brexit: threats and opportunities for international development

An update on the Brexit situation and what we want to see from the negotiations to ensure the best deal for the world's poorest people.

Brexit hub

Brexit brings challenges, opportunities and unanswered questions for those working in international development and the UK at large.

We've brought together useful resources, views and the latest news on Brexit to help you understand and navigate this time of uncertainty. 

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News and views from Bond

27 March 2019
DFID will provide financial assurance for UK INGOs receiving EU funds if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
European headquarters of the United Nations
21 February 2019
The UN Association warns that the UK faces challenges in maintaining its influence once it has exited the EU, but highlights the importance of the 0.7% aid commitment to the UK's position.
Brexit flags
16 January 2019
Summarising the current Brexit situation facing the UK development sector, what might happen now and Bond's priorities for the year.

Brexit resources

This study focuses on the impact of Brexit on UK CSOs' access to EU funding, which was worth €356.9m in 2016.
19 July 2017
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Brexit resources, news and views

The potential impact of Brexit on UK International Development

Dr Patrick Holden explores the European Union's role as the major global aid and trade partner of developing countries and how to ensure they do not suffer post Brexit.

Plymouth University 1 February 2017

Inquiry launched into UK gender laws amid fears over Brexit effect

A major review into the UK’s gender discrimination laws is to be launched amid fears a potential post-Brexit move towards a lower regulation economy could see protections eroded.

The Guardian 30 January 2017

Trade and developing economies: a post-Brexit blueprint

This panel event discusses the options for new UK and EU trade policies after Brexit and how these might affect the development of African economies.

ODI 23 January 2017

Beyond Brexit: The Volume of EU Aid after 2020

While the UK negotiates its exit from the EU, the EU will be negotiating over its own budget for 2020-2026. So, where will EU development aid be a quarter of the way through the 21st century?

Center for Global Development 20 December 2016

Event podcast: Brexit's impact on developing countries

This event brought together economists and experts in trade and development to explore how the UK's decision to leave the European Union might affect developing countries.

ODI 14 December 2016

Brexit: lessons for global development governance

The paper from Simon Maxwell's keynote lecture at the Annual Conference of the Norwegian Association of Development Research, Oslo, 24-25 November 2016.

Simon Maxwell 27 November 2016

Renewed Focus on UN could help secure UK’s new role on world stage

Some of the key talking points from a parliamentary event on the UK-UN relationship post-Brexit, hosted by IDS, UNA-UK and BAFUNCS.

Institute of Development Studies 27 October 2016

Brexit negotiations - the view from the EU

This report analyses a set of key variables in EU Member States, such as trade, migration and risk of populism in order to gain a clearer picture of the difficulties the UK will face in negotiating with them

Cicero 12 October 2016

The new opportunities for global good in the national interest

This paper considers new UK policy opportunities for global development that arise from Brexit, looking at what policy opportunities are good for the world, the UK, and for negotiating out of the EU

Center for Global Development 8 October 2016