From 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom formally ceases its membership of the European Union. From this date, a transitional period will be in place until the end of 2020 as longer-term trade and immigration arrangements are worked out.

Although the transition will keep existing provisions around free movement of people and goods as they are before Brexit, this period is finite. Businesses should therefore take appropriate steps to plan for and support their workforce now. Our resources and guidance to help you do this can be found on this dedicated Brexit hub.

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Brexit and beyond: the role of HR and the CIPD

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, talks about what the latest Brexit developments mean for the people profession. Providing guidance on how best to support workforces through these changes and outlining how the CIPD will continue to support its members and engage with government on key issues.

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Resources and guidance to help you

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Brexit workforce considerations

Post-Brexit immigration policy

Managing and communicating change

CIPD impact on the policy debate

The CIPD has been and will continue to work with Government to ensure any Brexit-related policy decisions meet employer needs. During the Brexit process to date:

  • We've been involved in meetings with key politicians and government officials, including the Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP, Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP and Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP.

  • We're a member of the Home Office employers’ advisory group on the post-Brexit immigration policy.

  • The CIPD and some of the UK’s largest business organisations signed an open letter to the Home Secretary offering help on designing the post-Brexit immigration system.

  • We were the most quoted organisation (out of 450+ organisations) in the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on a new EU immigration system. The Government largely adopted the report’s recommendations in its immigration White Paper.

  • We published our report, A practical immigration system for post-Brexit Britain, outlining our key policy recommendations for government ahead of new migration restrictions.

Read the CIPD’s viewpoint on Brexit and future immigration policy for our list of recommended actions for employers and Government.