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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.
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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.
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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

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This paper discusses options for foreign policy, defence and development collaboration in the future partnership between the UK and the EU post-Brexit.
12 September 2017
Donation jars
A new study suggests that a person’s political views and attitudes towards their own country – and whether they voted for or against Brexit – can explain which causes they support.
4 August 2017
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This report explores in detail potential impacts and opportunities associated with Brexit on a number of priority policy areas in international development and humanitarian aid.
19 July 2017

Brexit resources, news and views

PM Commons statement on European Council

Prime Minister Theresa May gave a statement to Parliament on the issues addressed at the March EU Council meeting and next steps in preparing to trigger Article 50.

HM Government 14 March 2017

Brexit - Disadvantage or advantage for the Global South?

This Brussels Symposium on 7th March explores perspectives on the European crises from the Global South, including the possible implications that may emerge from Brexit.

Development and Peace Foundation 3 March 2017

Brexit reading list: legal and constitutional issues

The Commons Library has compiled, from a wide range of sources, a selection of analysis and comment relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.

HoC Library 28 February 2017

Brexit, Trump and the implications for development

Amid the rise in right-wing populism and increasingly isolationist policies, guest speakers examine the possible causes and implications for conflict and security, trade, migration and social justice around the world.

IDS 23 February 2017

A manifesto for a Greener UK

This is a pivotal moment for the environment. We need to secure the benefits of existing environmental laws as we leave the EU, and an ambitious Environment Act, which restores our natural commonwealth.  

Greener UK 22 February 2017

EU registration options for NGOs: Preparing UK-based NGOs for Brexit

This publication explores the options for registration as an NGO or social enterprise in five countries in Europe to help organisations decide which may be most suitable for them. 

Advocates for International Development 13 February 2017

UK unprepared for exiting Europe's green legislation, says Lucas

Green MP Caroline Lucas says 1,100 pieces of environmental law need to be moved on to UK statute books before Britain leaves EU

The Guardian 13 February 2017

Beyond Brexit: Time for a “British Trade Promise” on Free Trade Access

Having emphasised trade at the heart of its economic strategy on international development, the UK's trade policy now needs to commit to providing “duty free quota free” access for developing countries.

Center for Global Development 2 February 2017

White Paper: The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union

The Government have published their White Paper on Brexit, which includes approaches to immigrations, workers' rights and trade. 

HM Government 2 February 2017