So - how is Brexit going to look now?

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 19 Jun, 2017

Brexit : the biggest transformation programme - ever.

It has almost been one year since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union and the negotiations  on the " how" have just begun with both sides seeking to strike a positive tone in the press conference at the end of Day 1 of this historic moment.

Brexit Minister David Davis said London wanted a "new, deep and special partnership in the interest of Britons and all Europeans. There is more that unites us than divides us," he said, adding that Britain was looking for a "positive and constructive tone" in the talks. "So while there will undoubtedly be challenging times ahead of us in the negotiations we will do all that we can to ensure we deliver a deal that works in the best interests of all of our citizens," he added ( Sky News sources).

Unpicking 43 years of treaties and agreements covering thousands of different subjects is not exactly going to be a straightforward task, including the fact that it has not been done before and the post-Brexit trade deal will need the approval of more than 30 national and regional parliaments across Europe.

The conundrum is that leaving the single market and the custom union is the only way for the UK to control its own laws, borders and immigration and strike international trade deals. Staying in the single market however means that the UK would be remaining under the European Court of Justice, allowing unlimited EU immigration under freedom of movement rules. One can see that compromises will be needed...

The UK has agreed to the sequencing of the negotiations to this effect: reciprocal citizen rights, the "divorce" bill and the Irish Border question.
So, where do the two sides stand on these points?

1) Citizen rights : there are currently 1.2 million Brits living in the EU and the 3.2 million EU citizens living in the UK

The EU position is that EU citizens must be able to continue to live in Britain ( including those arrived just before Brexit day)  and that they must be allowed to apply for UK citizenship and all the benefits that come with it and this would equally apply for Britons living in the EU. On this point both sides quite rightly agree.

The sticky point here is that the EU would expect the European Court of Justice to have  jurisdiction over EU nationals in the UK for however long they live there. With a repeal bill and potential changes in employment laws to come post exit this could/would create perhaps  a two tier justice system.

2) Divorce bill: the EU expectation is that the UK "pays up to what it had been committed to". There hasn't been an official figure issued, speculations is that it could be about €60bn. Again difficult to stomach ( or to afford) from a UK prospective...

3) Irish border : both the EU and the UK wish to maintain a soft border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland ; the question here will be how to achieve this given that the UK wants to leave the single market and custom union.

What does this mean for UK businesses?  
It is impossible right now to prepare for potential changes in immigration and employment laws and this administrative burden can only be dealt with when the negotiations are concluded and the UK has actually exited the European Union. For sure though there will be some impact ( extent to be determined) on recruitment and the UK future talent profile with some industries affected more than others.

Companies should start preparing now by analysing the impact immigration changes would have on their own business together with their own supply chain . The low to medium skilled market is far more likely to be affected  with construction, hospitality and food manufacturing probably going to suffer the most by the reduction in EU migration.

I believe that proactive workforce planning will be crucial for businesses and building a talent profile needs to start now with more varied people development avenues to address and raise the skill gap ( see my previous blog " Brexit: the countdown has begun...and now? ")

Business (and HR) need to:
  • tackle the supply of candidates 
  • consider wider demographics 
  • provide a blend of skills (Apprenticeship with no age restrictions?) creating intergenerational training
  • re-skill individuals and prioritise local talent which might become non-negotiable in time, exploring all recruitment channels and look at under-utilised groups.
There is a big world out there and, although it mights be problematic in the short term, Brexit could be very exciting in terms of exploring the wealth of worldwide talents outside the EU - controlled immigration does not mean no immigration after all.

This could be the perfect proactive workforce planning in motion: a coordinated effort between private and public sector, education and government to create a flexible, modular and scalable workforce/education plan and a consequent VISA allowance to address shortages in the country, plan which is regularly reviewed and amended as needed.

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing"  - Abraham Lincoln.

' I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination'.   -Jimmy Dean

And in the words of our own Winston Churchill:
"A Pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity ; an Optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty". 

Brexit will be the biggest HR Transformation programme ever which, if used effectively, could turn on its head all old paradigms about employment , employability - who can do what - and that could be really exciting .

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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