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This week, Brexit is back front and centre of the agenda with a new report commissioned by the Mayor of London outlining the impact of a No-Deal Brexit. Also in this edition:

  • The EU toughens its stance for Brexit transition talks;
  • Home Affairs Select Committee publishes recommendations
    to restore public trust in the migration system, and;
  • techUK welcomes focus on connected and autonomous
    vehicles in automotive sector deal.

All this and more! Get your weekly tech policy fix below.

Top Tech Policy News

No-Deal Brexit could put 92,000 tech jobs at risk (ComputerWeekly)
Analysis by Cambridge Econometrics for the Mayor of London shows continued open access to markets, capital and talent will be crucial components of a successful transition deal. techUK comments on the paper, stating rapid progress on transition deal vital for the sector.

Leaked documents suggest EU is tightening negotiation position (FT £)
Ahead of the second phase of negotiation agreement, the documents reveal plans to require the UK to secure EU permission before replicating existing EU bilateral trade deals and extending free movement rights to the end of 2020 under any transition deal.

Set realistic migration goals, influential commons committee says (FT £)
The Home Affairs Select Committee publishes report following extensive public and expert consultation, urging Government to restore public trust in migration system. See techUK’s report on the issue, exploring options to balance trust and business needs.

Business groups call for wider training levy to replace apprenticeship levy (Times £)
Research by CIPD finds that only 20% of employers who pay the levy support the system, and appetite is growing to replace the system with a wider training tariff.

techUK Action & Reaction


ICYMI: techUK CEO welcomes Margot James as Digital Minister (techUK)
CEO Julian David congratulates Ms James MP on the appointment, and states she will bring energy and dynamism to the important brief.

Payments Services Directive 2 heralds major shift in Open Banking (techUK)
Ruth Milligan, techUK’s Head of Financial Services, provides a run-down of the landmark legislation, covering what the changes mean for organisations and individuals.

Automotive sector deal right step towards connected and autonomous vehicles (techUK)
techUK’s Matt Evans welcomes automotive sector deal, but comments meaningful development of key infrastructure capabilities critical to realise full benefits of digital.

Tech has huge role to play in achieving Government’s environment plan (techUK)
techUK’s Susanne Baker highlights the important role “Green Tech” will have to play in achieving the Government’s 25 year environment plan.

CES 2018: what were the lessons learned? (techUK)
The techUK Pavilion at CES18 was a destination point for media, investors, buyers and businesses as a result of our partnership with the Department for International Trade. techUK’s Paul Hide provides a summary of CES18 and opportunities for next year.

More News & Comment


Why we need more women investors (The Memo)

BCC: Skills shortages at ‘critical levels’ (Telegraph)

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