Now that the UK has voted to leave the European Union, Consortium Procurement would like to advise our members what this means for them in terms of their procurement exercises.
Clearly, there is general uncertainty for what this specifically means for the UK, however we understand that we will either have to retain the EU directive (EU Directive2014/23/EU) or introduce something similar. If the UK wishes to continue to trade with the EU (on terms comparable to that of Norway and Switzerland) we would have to abide by the EU trade rules.
Changing the UK’s legislation with regards to procurement would be a complex and time consuming process due to the number of public sector and industry bodies that would need to be consulted. The current Public Contract Regulations (PCR) were introduced in February 2015 and the UK were influential in drafting the current EU procurement directive, and therefore meets UK requirements.
As it is likely that we will remain under EU jurisdiction for a minimum of two years and up to four years, and it is widely felt that replacing the PCR will be a low priority for government, we do not anticipate any changes to process and procedures in the medium term.
Whilst the impact of the decision becomes clearer we will continue to offer our members Value for Money and stress free procurement through our bespoke offers and portfolio of frameworks. In addition, we will look to schedule a free briefing event over the next few weeks to provide advice and guidance to our members.