In case you missed it, the Great British public caught the world off guard when, on 23 June 2016, a small but significant majority voted in favour of the UK withdrawing from the European Union. Much like the termination of an outsourcing agreement without detailed exit provisions and a well worked out plan, the decision has sparked political and economic chaos, as the UK is plunged into a period of prolonged uncertainty with much wider ramifications for political stability and economic growth across the EU and beyond.
What does this all mean?
From a UK-based outsourcing lawyer’s perspective, it is very much a case of wait and see. The English law regime applicable to outsourcing and procurement remains, for the time being, “as is”. Until parliament moves to repeal or amend the European Communities Act 1972, UK laws, which include the application of the EU Treaties, remain unchanged. Moreover, laws and regulations which have been transposed into English law in response to EU Directives in diverse areas such as working time, agency workers, data protection and TUPE laws will continue until further notice.