Labour’s questions on digital and tech for the government on #Brexit

Labour has released 170 questions for the government concerning Brexit and policy.

Here are their questions regarding digital and tech.

Freedom of movement and employment

  • What assessments have the government made of the impact on different sectors (e.g. the NHS, agriculture, food production, etc.) of imposing the government’s new system for managing migration from the EU to the UK, and will the government publish those assessments?
  • What agreement will the government seek to negotiate in relation to the continued ability of UK citizens to live, study, work or retire elsewhere in Europe without restriction, as they can at present?
  • Will the government guarantee that no existing employment rights will be put ‘on the table’ when it comes to: (i) negotiating trade deals with third countries in the future; or (ii) seeking to incentivise multinational companies to invest or become/remain headquartered in the UK?

Specific digital policies

  • Will the government seek access to the Digital Single Market (DSM) as part of any agreement on Britain’s future outside the European Union? (For more: post on the DSM)
  • If it does not do so, or is unsuccessful, how does the government plan:
    (i) to manage the risk that films and television programmes which would otherwise have been made in Britain may be relocated to other member states to stay within the provisions of the DSM; and
    (ii) to deliver the benefit for UK digital subscribers of being able to access the same online content and services wherever they travel in Europe?
  • When does the UK government intend to enshrine the provisions of the Network and Information Security directive into UK law, and can it confirm that this will take place before Britain leaves the European Union so that there is no difference in the regulation governing UK-based digital service providers when offering services within the UK or in the rest of Europe? (For more: post on the NIS Directive)
  • Will the government guarantee that future UK data protection standards will be equivalent to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation framework starting in 2018? (For more: slides on GDPR)
  • If UK businesses are still required to abide by EU laws on consumer protection, competition law, etc. in order to keep trading to the EU, how does the government propose to influence the negotiation of these laws to protect the interests of UK businesses, once we have left the EU? (For more: EU consumer rights online)
  • Will the UK continue to benefit from the EU-funded pledges to equip all ‘public places’ throughout the EU with free wireless internet access by 2020, and uninterrupted 5G access on all road and rail networks by 2025, and if not, will the government commit to match and fund the delivery of these objectives itself?
  • Will the government guarantee the full and prompt enactment of the European Accessibility Act into UK law, so that its provisions in respect of access to computers, phones, ATM and ticketing machines, e-books and television equipment are fully in force before Britain leaves the EU? (For more: post on the EAA)

The Secretary of State for Brexit, David Davis, is currently in the House dismissing these questions as “a stunt.”

It’s not a stunt. It’s my industry, you rhymes-with-stunt.

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