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NHS Confederation Brexit Bulletin
Issue 8

Protecting the public’s health across Europe after Brexit

In this new briefing, launched today at Confed18, the Brexit Health Alliance sets out its concerns and proposes solutions for safeguarding the health of both UK and EU citizens after Brexit.

“Microbes don’t need visas”

‘Imagine if a new strain of antibiotic-resistant disease appeared in the UK - but we realised too late.’ Kate Ling from the NHS European Office asks whether the Brexit deal will protect both EU and UK citizens from public health risks.


EU withdrawal bill votes in Commons

In its final stage of passage through parliament, the EU withdrawal bill has returned to the House of Commons this week, where MPs will consider changes proposed by the House of Lords. Read more about the bill’s progress on the parliamentary website.

Government responds to inquiry on medicines and medical devices

Read the government response to the health and social care committee’s inquiry into medicines and medical devices. The response highlights the importance of UK and EU cooperation and states that robust preparations are in place for any EU exit scenario.

UK publishes thinking on post-Brexit economic partnerships

The UK government has published a series of policy papers on its vision for the future relationship with the EU. This presentation sets out the UK’s objectives for the economic partnership in the interests of the UK and EU.

Government replies to select committee report on Brexit, science and innovation

In its response to the select committee report, the government has reiterated its commitment to ongoing collaboration in science and innovation. Read our summary and the response in full.


UK seeks far-reaching science and innovation pact with EU

The UK wants Europe to maintain its world-leading role in science and innovation post-Brexit. This presentation considers the growing importance of collaboration and argues that the Science and Innovation Pact should be a core part of the UK-EU future partnership.

Brexit and the island of Ireland

Whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, the implications for Ireland will be profound. Read our summary of this report from independent researchers The UK in a Changing Europe, which examines Brexit’s implications for people, politics and the economy.

Do No Harm campaign

Following a successful campaign by Brexit Health Alliance member the Faculty of Public Health, the government has confirmed that the ‘Do No Harm’ public health duty will remain after the UK leaves the EU. Read the press release.

UK and EU agree their topics for discussion

Both sides in the Brexit negotiations have agreed a structure and list of topics for handling the negotiations on the future framework between the UK and the EU. Read about the four key areas up for discussion.

Michel Barnier gives EU update on negotiations

‘The United Kingdom wants to leave. That is its decision. Not ours.’ Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, updates on the negotiations at the 28th Congress of the International Federation for European Law.

NHS European Office annual report

This report provides an overview of the European Office’s key activities in the last 12 months. Find out what we’ve been doing to keep health at the top of the agenda in the Brexit negotiations.
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