Fresh hunt for Brexit-focused lobbyists as ‘the sharp end’ approaches

Written by David Singleton on 24 May 2018 in News

There has been ‘a lot of in-house hiring’ in recent months.

Trade bodies, regulators and charities are stepping up their final preparations for withdrawal from the EU by looking to hire Brexit-focused lobbyists.

With less than a year until ‘Brexit day’ on March 29, organisations including Financial Conduct Authority are looking to boost their Brexit firepower. It comes as government departments have already started hiring Brexit-related hiring sprees.

“Now it’s getting to the sharp end, the practical stuff. So people are thinking about not just lobbying but also practical implementation and changing their business models. So we’re seeing a lot of in-house hiring at trade bodies, regulators and charities,” said one senior figure at a major UK public affairs agency.

The Financial Conduct Authority is currently on the hunt for policy advisers who will specifically focus on EU withdrawal. They will be paid up to £60,000.

“You will help us make important choices on the FCA's preparation for the UK's withdrawal from the EU, and influence our future direction,” states an ad put out by the organisation.

At the same time the NCVO is planning to appoint a senior external relations officer (EU Exit) on a salary on £40,337.

The body, which represents 13,000 members in the voluntary sector and volunteering, has said it is looking for “an individual with solid experience of influencing government and policy development for this pivotal position”.

The post is not new but the ad stresses that it is now focused on final preparations for EU Withdrawal. “In this role, you lead our work with NCVO’s members to identify issues that emerge from the UK’s decision to leave the EU. You work with our policy team to develop policy positions relating to the voluntary sector’s interests and lead our influencing work around ‘Brexit’, working with members and external stakeholders in government," it states.

The latest developments in Brexit lobbying come long after major consultancy firms put extra emphasis on Brexit.

Among the first agencies to establish a ‘dedicated Brexit unit’ soon after the EU referendum was Portland. It is led by partner Victoria Dean who joined the agency last year after nearly 20 years in the diplomatic service. Among her numerous posts was a stint as deputy director, Europe, in the FCO’s London HQ.

Meanwhile Teneo Blue Rubicon responded to the EU vote by hiring David Cameron’s former communications chief Craig Oliver as a senior managing director. It also brought in Beth Armstrong, former special adviser to leading Vote Leave campaigner Michael Gove, and Steven Altmann-Richer, who was previously the CBI’s head of EU negotiations.


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