How will Brexit impact the tech sector?

This site tracks updates and developments on the UK’s implementation or adaptation of specific European policies, regulations, and laws impacting the digital and tech industries throughout the Brexit transition. The policy monitoring is split across two areas: the Digital Single Market strategy, and the growing shape of UK domestic legislation which seeks to replace the DSM as well as the EU’s foundational elements such as the e-Commerce Directive.

Research sources include policy statements from Downing Street and the Department for Exiting the European Union; the adversarial examination of the process from Parliament, including the European Scrutiny Committee; Hansard; the European Memoranda repository; research from the House of Commons Library; official EU statements pertaining to Brexit and tech; and well-informed expert commentary.

Employment
The digital sector employs 1.5 million people in the UK – that’s 4.5% of all jobs in the UK. (Source)
Income
The digital sector contributed £149 billion to the UK economy in 2018. That’s 7.7% of UK GVA – ten times as much as farming and fisheries. (Source)
Trade
The UK’s tech sector exported £28 billion worth of digital services to the European Union in 2018 – that’s over half of the UK’s digital exports in total. (Source)