The four task forces cover:
EU replacement funding
This addresses the retirement of European Structural Funds in the UK post 2020 and the advent of the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund. There is concern that wealthier areas such as southern England might lose out on funding post ESIF.
EU continuation funding
It is highly likely that the UK Government will negotiate access to a number of future EU funding programmes beyond 2020. This task force monitors the process of that access, helps influence it according to SELP members’ interests and make SELP’s interests known outwardly by working closely with the Brussels Office to profile its interests.
Labour market and workforce
This task force addresses the skills and HR impact of Brexit to Southern England. It could become an influential group to represent views nationally and beyond.
International trade and business
Post transition, the nature of our trading relationship with the rest of the EU is unclear. It is inevitable that there will need to be alignment with EU standards and norms to continue to access the EU single market of 500 million consumers.