In response to a Financial Times article https://www.ft.com/content/55588f86-a4f8-4cf3-aecb-38723b787569 Kwasi Kwarteng, the new business secretary, has rejected the claims of Government plans to erode the working time directive and the 48 hour working week opt out. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jan/14/government-rejects-report-it-will-lower-workers-rights-post-brexit
The House of Lords EU Services Sub-Committee, chaired by Baroness Donaghy, has launched an inquiry into the future of UK-EU relations on trade in services. This includes examining the impact of the provisions set out in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
The Committee invites interested individuals and organisations to submit written evidence to this inquiry by 5 February 2021.
The call encourages anyone with experience or expertise of an issue under investigation by a select committee to share their views with the committee, with the full knowledge that their views have value and are welcome.
The Committee seeks evidence on the following questions in particular:
- What is the impact for trade in services of the UK and EU reaching a free trade agreement?
- What effect may national reservations to the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement have on trade in services with the EU?
- What effect will arrangements on the mobility of professionals have on trade in services between the UK and EU?
- How will the intellectual property provisions set out in the Agreement affect UK-EU trade in services?
- How will the arrangements in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement shape UK-EU trade in financial services?
- The Joint Declaration on Financial Services Regulatory Cooperation sets out that both sides seek to establish structured regulatory cooperation on financial services. What form should this dialogue take?
- Given the plans to delegate more powers to financial regulators, what form of Parliamentary oversight of these regulators would be appropriate?
- How might the financial services sector be affected by the changes in other, interrelated sectors?
Professional and business services:
- How will the new UK-EU framework for the mutual recognition of professional qualifications affect professionals and service sector businesses?
- What will be the impact of the Agreement’s provisions on the cross-border supply of services and rights of establishment, such as commitments on local presence and economic needs tests?
Research and education:
- Under the future relationship agreement, the UK will become an associate member of Horizon Europe but will not associate with the Erasmus+ programme. What impact will this have on the UK’s research and education sector and students in the UK and EU?
- What is your assessment of the Turing Scheme – the Government proposed domestic alternative to Erasmus+?
- How will the provisions in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement affect the creative industries sector?
Data and digital services:
- The EU has granted the UK a six-month data adequacy ‘bridge’ to allow the free flow of personal data until the EU determines whether or not to grant a data adequacy decision to the UK. How would the absence of a data adequacy decision at the end of this bridging period affect trade in services?
- What impact will the arrangements agreed have on digital trade and trade in digital services between the UK and EU?
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If your business is located in Scotland please refer to specific Government guidance on homeworking published on the 13thJanuary 2021. Guidance released is to support the “stay at home” instruction and associated legislation which came into force in Scotland on 5 January 2021.