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The Brexit Committee is Chaired by Councillor Paul Blake for the 2020-2021 year.
The Brexit Committee will be responsible for monitoring and reviewing potential impacts for the Council and the district as a result of the UK’s leaving the European Union.
Its specific functions include:
- Articulating the Fermanagh and Omagh District specific issues which should be considered as part of the negotiation and transition arrangements;
- Promoting the retention of the “four freedoms” in any post Brexit scenario;
- Monitoring of progress and announcements around Brexit;
- Seeking to influence and contribute to Northern Ireland and island of Ireland
considerations of the implications of Brexit on both the work of the Council and
on the district;
- Identifying actions the Council may take to seek to mitigate any adverse
impacts arising and capitalising on any opportunities as a result of Brexit;
- Reviewing changes to legislation arising out of Brexit and analysing the likely
impact which they may have upon the delivery of Council services;
- Fostering and maintaining positive relations and cultural links with the EU;
- Promoting social cohesion within the district, post Brexit;
- Monitoring the impact on migrant workers, skills gaps and issues arising with
regard to various sectors in the labour market;
- Considering the financial implications for the Council arising out of Brexit;
- Monitoring the Council’s preparations for Brexit and associated Contingency
- Identifying the implications for EU grant funding and alternative funding
- Seeking to influence decisions with regard to continuing access to and
distribution of EU funds (with a particular focus on LEADER, Peace and Interreg
- Continuing to collaborate on a cross border basis and to ensure existing
structures are not adversely affected as a result of Brexit;
- Hearing evidence from other parties.
Given the fluidity of all matters relating to Brexit, it is recognised that these Terms of Reference will be kept under ongoing review.