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What effect will Brexit have on Public Procurement Regulations?

13 July 2016 | Ken McEwan

In the short term we suspect the answer is very little.

Whilst the root source of these regulations is to be found in EU Directives, these have been implemented in the UK by the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 as amended in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. These Regulations will remain in force regardless of the BREXIT vote unless changed by the government. They are an important bulwark against corruption in the award of contracts in the public sector and if we did not have them, we would probably want the Government to introduce them, EU or no EU.

The key requirements in the bidding process for public contracts, is that it should be subject to principles of equal treatment, transparency, non discrimination, mutual recognition and proportionality. Which of these principles, one has to ask, is in any way objectionable and which is the Government likely to change? 

GL will keep a careful eye on any changes in these regulations and keep clients updated. If you have any queries please contact Ken McEwan or John Cleverley.

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