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Source: Scotland – Highland Council

With the current transition period for the UK to leave the EU due to end on the 31st December, the Highland Council’s Recovery Board took the opportunity earlier today to review and discuss work underway to prepare for Brexit both internally and with partners at local and national level.

The Council has appointed single points of contact within each Service to look at impacts of Brexit in their areas of responsibility. They form an EU Exit tactical group that is considering risks, mitigation and Business Continuity Plans to reflect EU Exit issues. The Council’s Brexit Working Group is chaired by Cllr Jimmy Gray.  He said: “We have been working closely with our partners and both the Scottish and UK Governments to understand the specific implications arising from Brexit which may have an impact on the Highlands. 

The Council’s Brexit Working Group, which shares information and works closely with the Recovery Board, will  next meet on Wednesday 28 October and discussions and issues raised on Brexit will be reported back to the next Recovery Board.

Depute Leader of the Council and Recovery Board Chair, Cllr Alasdair Christie said: “Much of our work has been done by our staff but, we are also working with partners through the Highlands and Islands European Partnership. 

“Preparations have included making sure we have robust business continuity plans to take account of any potential impact Brexit may have so we can ensure the continuity of essential services. We are also working closely with our multi-agency Resilience Partners at local, regional and national levels to monitor the changing situation and assess any risks and plan mitigation.”

He added: “I’m particularly pleased with the work that has been done to update businesses and make them aware of new obligations. At a time of such uncertainty we want to be as prepared as possible to make sure of the best outcome for Highland.”

Members of the Recovery Board were also advised that the Local Resilience Partnership will be looking at preparedness which will feed into a wider national resilience approach.

7 Oct 2020

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