Impact of Brexit on IT systems

FOI request reference: F0048518
Publication date: April 2017

Request

I would like to receive details of any planning work that has been carried out to understand the possible impact of Brexit on IT systems operated by or behalf of the National Archives, including any relevant arms-length bodies.

Planning work could include internal investigations, seeking advice from other government bodies, external consultancy, systems testing or development.

By ‘impact’ I mean modifications to existing IT systems, and/or development of new systems, required to enact any changes to government policy that might result from Britain’s departure from the EU.

Please could you let me have:

1. Details of any such planning work carried out to date, and which IT system(s) it relates to

2. Any advice the organisation has received, as a result of this planning work, about actions it may need to take to ensure its IT systems are ready for Brexit, including estimated costs if available

3. An indication of whether the organisation has already undertaken these actions, is planning to undertake them, or is considering them pending further information.

Outcome

Successful

Response

I can confirm that The National Archives holds information relevant to your request.

1. Details of any such planning work carried out to date, and which IT system(s) it relates to.

There are no planning works carried out to date.

2. Any advice the organisation has received, as a result of this planning work, about actions it may need to take to ensure its IT systems are ready for Brexit, including estimated costs if available.

As no such planning work has been carried out to date, no such related advice has been received.

3. An indication of whether the organisation has already undertaken these actions, is planning to undertake them, or is considering them pending further information.

As stated in question 1 above no formal planning work has been carried out to date. However, as the official publisher of UK legislation, The National Archives is committed to HM Government’s stated aim of bringing the acquis communautaire into the UK Statute Book on the date of exit from the European Union. We are exploring a number of options for meeting this challenge in consultation with the Department for Exiting the European Union.