Brexit

Welcome to our new Brexit 2020/21 dedicated page

On this page you will find regular updates, links to information, training and guidance available to you to support your work through the transition period.  Should you have any questions or need something specific, please contact us

Update 11th March 2021

Following the publication of the Green Paper on transforming public procurement in December 2020, LUPC has engaged regularly with its members across higher and further education institutions, and not-for-profit organisations in the education, arts, science, charity, and wider public sectors.

We have held a number of virtual group and 1:1 meetings with procurement leads, category managers and our executive committee. We also encouraged responses via an online survey.

The feedback we have received through all the above has been included in this, our formal consultation response, and submitted to the Cabinet Office. Thank you to all our members for their input into this process.

In addition to our LUPC response, the eight consortia members of UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) has worked collaboratively to provide a national Higher Education sector response that advocates for the best interest of our memberships.

The deadline for individual feedback on the Green Paper is 10 March 2021 and can be sent through this dedicated email address.

Update 26th January 2021

Following the publication of the Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper last month, Jayne Thorn, Category Manager at SUPC, has written a really useful summary on the key points in the paper; what it means for our members and how they will carry out procurements and access consortia frameworks in the future.  You can view the paper here.

Update 17th December 2020 - Cabinet Office publishes Green Paper on Transforming Public Procurement

The Cabinet Office has published their Green Paper for transforming public procurement which you can read here. In conjunction with our UK Universities Purchasing Consortia (UKUPC) partners, LUPC will be looking for input from our members to feed into a co-ordinated UKUPC-wide response.

The Cabinet Office’s consultation on the Green Paper closes at 11.45pm on 10 March 2021. If you have any initial feedback, please feel free to send that to Emma Keenan, or feedback directly to the Cabinet Office (procurement.reform@cabinetoffice.gov.uk). We will distribute a survey in January seeking more formalised views on the paper’s content. We will also ensure we cover this topic at our next Heads of Procurement meeting taking place on 29 January at 9.30am.

Update 10th December 2020 - Brexit Risks to supply as perceived by Framework providers

The UK Universities purchasing consortia has been working collaboratively to approach framework suppliers and understand their perceived risks associated with Brexit.  A spreadsheet detailing all responses we have received to date has been shared with all heads of procurement and is also available on requestIt will be updated regularly with any new information provided by suppliers and re distributed fortnightly. 

Update 3rd December 2020 - New BUFDG and HEPA guide to imports

BUFDG and HEPA guide: Imports of goods from Jan 2021.  The guide has been prepared as a reference point for procurement, purchasing, finance and tax teams when purchasing or importing goods from the EU after the transition period.  

Guidance on importing goods after 1 January 2021

If you are responsible for importing goods you may be interested in newly published Government guidance on making an import declaration in your records without authorisation from 1 January 2021.  The guidance explains how to declare goods brought into Great Britain from the EU by entering the details in your own records without getting authorisation in advance. We understand the information, which covers the time period from 1st January to 30th June will likely be updated as more detail becomes available.

Update 29th September 2020 - Suggested questions you can ask your suppliers.

The UKUPC are approaching framework suppliers to understand the risks they perceive are associated with Brexit.  We thought it would also be useful to share the questions we are asking as you may wish to ask them of your local contracted suppliers. 

Update 25th September 2020 - CIPS dedicated Brexit Pages

Did you know CIPS have dedicated Brexit pages featuring articles on a wide range of considerations and possible impacts?  Details are on their website.

Update 23rd September 2020 - Government guidance Reasonable Worst Case Scenario

The Government today published its new document "Reasonable Worst Case Scenario for borders at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020" The document highlights anticipated delays, considerations and timescales and will be useful for anyone responsible for imports and exports.