It seems a long time ago now since we voted on Brexit. It's interesting to see the major government departments now questionning their workloads and needing to reprioritise projects as the Brexit plans take over.
It take me back to Y2K when we all had to deliver projects before a fixed deadline. The majority of Y2K IT projects were completed successfully well in advance of 31st December 1999.
Will this be the same for Brexit?
Any Brexit projects now need to be using proven technology with a rapid agile delivery so work can start now. This is an ideal opportunity to leverage cloud solutions and the G-Cloud frameworks. The technology can be stood up in a few hours and be rented over the next couple of years scaling quickly as required to meet the yet unknown demand. The terms and conditions are already agreed via G-Cloud so no lengthly procurement is required.
Over the next few months I expect we'll be hearing more about Brexit projects taking priority and budget as we deliver ready for April 2019. We have a couple of key dates to look out for on the way:-
October 2018: Mr Barnier has said he wanted all the talks, including on transitional arrangements and a future relationship, to be wrapped up by October 2018, to allow ratification of the deal.
March 2019: can Article 50 deadline be extended?Ratification by EU member states, the European Council and the European Parliament must have taken place by this point. The UK parliament has also been promised a vote on the deal signed before it takes effect. Any extension of the talks would need to be agreed unanimously. It would also be complicated by European Parliament elections scheduled for May 2019.
Donald Tusk, president of the EU council, wrote off the possibility of extension on June 9, in the immediate aftermath of the British election.“We don’t know when Brexit talks start,” he said on Twitter. “We know when they must end.”April 2019: UK departure from the EU should be completeI”
Agency chief executive Jon Thompson told the committee that it is undertaking a full review of its reform plans to reassess how many of its proposed changes could be completed alongside Brexit, and said that a "full reprioritisation" was under way. “We plan to do that in quarter four, which is between Christmas and the end of the financial year, and give that back to ministers because I do not believe it possible to take 250 existing programmes of change and simply add Brexit on. I think you reach the point of organisational capacity and capability.”