Brexit: What will ‘no-deal’ mean for the UK?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists there are ‘no circumstances’ in which he will delay Brexit beyond the October 31st deadline. A no-deal Brexit would see the UK leave the European Union (EU) without a withdrawal agreement in place. There would also be no agreement regarding the future relationship between the UK and the EU. Here, we take a look at the possible effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal: Trade: The UK would revert to World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules on trade The UK would no longer be bound by EU rules, but would face the EU’s external tariffs The price of imported goods in shops could rise Some British-made products may be rejected by the EU Manufacturers could shift operations to the EU Immigration: The UK would be free to govern its own rules on immigration by EU nationals The EU could in turn control immigration for Britons Potential delays at borders due to heightened passport/custom checks Laws: Where there are no replacements, relevant EU laws would be transferred to Britain’s lawbook The UK would no longer have to adhere to the European Court of Justice The UK would still be bound to the European Court of Human Rights (Non-EU body) Financials: The Government would not have to pay the annual £13 billion to the EU budget. The UK would lose out on certain EU subsidies Reports link a no-deal scenario to an increase in public borrowing Irish border: The border issue between Northern Ireland and the Republic would remain unsolved The possible creation of a cross-border body to monitor and regulate trade across the Irish border Both the UK and EU refuse to back down on the backstop issue While many of us may be tired of the never-ending Brexit monotony, it’s important we know (roughly!) what to expect. Nobody is entirely sure what Brexit will entail for businesses, travellers & our currency – due to the fact no independent country has ever left the European Union. Previously, only member territories (Greenland, Saint Barthélemy and French Algeria) have left the EU. So… what could a no-deal Brexit mean for you? "We are leaving on October 31st, no ifs or buts" Amidst the cacophony of protests against Boris Johnson's Parliament shutdown, the Tory leader announced plans to call a general election on October 14th - if a no-deal Brexit is blocked by MPs. MPs win vote to take control of commons MPs seeking to avoid a no-deal Brexit cleared a major hurdle after voting 328-301 in favour of seizing control of the parliamentary agenda. Could this be Brexit's most important week? Join in the conversation with Harvey Lawrence over on our social channels! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or contact us now to discuss your recruitment needs.
Commonwealth Games - What will Birmingham 2022 mean for the city?
Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief David Grevemberg states Birmingham has "little room for error" as it prepares to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Birmingham now has just three years to complete a range of projects before staging one of the world’s biggest sporting events. The South African city of Durban was initially selected to host the 2022 Games. However, it was stripped of the event after failing to meet key obligations. "With this accelerated timeframe there becomes little room for error, which has its risks, but it also has its benefits," Grevemberg told BBC Sport. "You're not constantly planning and reinventing, you actually have to get on the ground and start making things happen.” Construction has already begun on the Commonwealth Games Village site in Perry Barr – which will provide a ‘home away from home’ for around 6,500 athletes and officials arriving to the Midlands in the summer of 2022. Commitments secured by Birmingham City Council, mean the lead contractor on the residential element of the athletes’ village will provide: The development of on-site training and engagement facility and a related £1.28million package of training 1,000 pre-employment training places, giving those involved the skills and industry accreditation to work on construction sites 50 existing apprenticeships working on site via the project’s supply chain The creation of 400 jobs, including 50 new apprenticeships and 30 paid summer interns An overall total of 22,000 person weeks of training and employment opportunities (for the 2022 Games) against a benchmark for a project of this size of 18,000 person weeks. Earlier this year, despite protests from the Save Londonderry Lane Playing Fields group, Sandwell Council approved the building of a new £60 million aquatic centre in Smethwick. Councillor Maria Crompton, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for safer communities, is looking forward to seeing the development take shape. In an interview with the Express & Star, she said: "This is an exciting time for Sandwell and our residents. We want this new facility to really inspire people young and old to get involved in new sports and leisure activities, become more active and live healthier lifestyles. “The centre will also leave an amazing legacy for Sandwell and will provide access to top-class sporting facilities for local people beyond the Commonwealth Games in 2022.” Harvey Lawrence director Sarah Harvey anticipates the potential impact such an event will have: “The 2022 Commonwealth Games combined with the HS2 project will firmly place Birmingham in the spotlight as a global city. Will the area get the long-awaited boost it needs to rival Manchester? Time will tell.” With large-scale projects comes the demand for diligent and professional staff across a range of disciplines. Harvey Lawrence boasts a wealth of experience in providing first class staffing solutions, as Sarah explains: “We have a strong Midlands office, supplying a whole range of staff to main contractors in the area. Our service offering spans both white and blue-collar staffing solutions. Our team are very familiar with the area and have a long-standing knowledge of the market. We’re really excited to get involved with helping companies in their hunt for the best construction talent.” DID YOU KNOW? The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place from 27 July to 7 August – twenty years after the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and ten years on from the London 2012 Olympics The total cost of the 11-day event is a whopping £778m! It will be the biggest sporting and cultural event ever held in Birmingham, featuring thousands of world-class athletes, over a million spectators and an estimated global TV audience of 1.5 billion Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, shared his thoughts on how significant the event will be for the area: “This is a huge investment in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands to ensure the Commonwealth Games leaves a legacy far beyond 2022. “Investment in the region is already being unlocked thanks to the Games, with improvements to public transport and the regeneration of Perry Barr well underway. We expect the wider benefits of hosting the Games, including the economic and tourism boost, to last long into the future.” For more news, useful information and the latest job openings, follow our social channels! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn or contact us now to discuss all your recruitment needs.