The decision was taken to leave the EU on 23 June 2016 and this has had and will continue to have a significant impact on a number of industries and policy areas across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (CIoS).

Currently the Government’s intention is to trigger Article 50 in March 2017 which will start the two year process of the UK leaving the EU.

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On July 15 2016 Cornwall Council alongside the Rt Revd Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro hosted a Brexit Summit, which invited leaders across the public, private and voluntary sectors of C&IoS to come together to discuss the impacts and opportunities of the decision.

A group was formed following this summit, called the ‘Futures Group’, which was tasked with developing a proposition for a new domestically-funded economic investment programme for CIoS and reinforcing the clear messages coming out of the Summit on promoting community cohesion and underlining that CIoS is open for business.

The Futures Group also organised a programme of roundtable discussions in November and December 2016 to gauge the views of businesses and policy practitioners on the implications, risks and opportunities of Brexit for key sectors in CIoS.

The evidence report on the findings of the roundtable discussions, entitled ‘A Catalyst for Change: Implications, Risks and Opportunities of Brexit for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’ is now available. 

A second Brexit Summit, hosted by Cornwall Council and the Rt Revd Chris Goldsmith, Bishop of St Germans, took place on 2 February 2017. The Summit received a progress report from the Futures Group on its work since July and discussed the next steps in terms of preparing CIoS for Brexit.

On 9 February the Leader of Cornwall Council John Pollard welcomed the House of Commons Exiting the EU Committee to Cornwall.

Committee Chairman Hilary Benn MP and MPs John Whittingdale and Alistair Burt, came to hear evidence about the economic challenges and opportunities of Brexit for Cornwall as part of the Committee’s inquiry into the UK's negotiating objectives for withdrawal from the EU. 

Further details of the visit are available from the media release.

Cornwall Council and the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LEP commissioned research on the economic and social impacts of European Economic Area (EEA) workers in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. You can read the final report which was completed in October 2017.