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Brexit debate at heart of APSCo EU Manifesto launch

Yesterday (28th April) APSCo held its latest Members Meeting in London where it hosted a Brexit debate and launched its EU Manifesto.


At the event, which was also held in Manchester and Birmingham and linked via satellite technology, APSCo explained the publication aims to provide comprehensive information about the impact of the EU on the professional staffing sector and insight into some of the key issues surrounding the debate.


The report highlights three recommendations by APSCo.


  1. That a ‘post-hoc’ impact assessment of the Temporary Agency Workers Directive should be produced by the EU’s Impact Assessment Board, and the UK Government.


  1. That the views of the flexible staffing sector and independent professionals be incorporated at a European level.


  1. In the event that the UK leaves the EU, the inevitable trade agreements should be drawn up in consultation with the private sector.


The London meeting was held at the offices of Squire Patton Boggs, where Martin Rees, partner at the company, and Kate Gamester, associate, spoke about the legal impact of Brexit, following a welcome talk by Samantha Hurley, operations director at APSCo.


Jake Rigg of Keene Communications then provided an introduction to the Brexit debate and the launch of APSCo’s EU Manifesto.


The leave argument was represented by Alex Storey, an official speaker for the Grassroots Out/ campaign and the remain argument was represented by Peter Luff, a member of the European Movement’s referendum strategy team.


The informative debate covered many issues at the helm of the impending vote, including freedom of movement/labour, trade and the logistics of reform.


The debate was followed by a Q&A session where members from all three event locations posed questions to Storey and Luff.





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