Artificial Intelligence

Last updated 8 July 2019

EU policy:
(a) Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence
(b) Building Trust in Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence


In June 2019 the European Scrutiny Committee reviewed the EU’s action plans on artificial intelligence and noted that “Our assessment is that the primary questions that arise for AI stakeholders in the UK as a consequence of Brexit concern, not the emergent EU AI regime, which currently foresees a cooperative approach which could accommodate a degree of divergence and experimentation at Member State level, but to (i) EU rules relating to data, (ii) the extent of UK participation in EU financial programmes, and (iii) access to talent.”

In other words, this is the point where we run out of others to blame for our own shortcomings.

The committee also said

the nature of the immigration regime with which the Government replaces the current intra-EU regime will be important: TechUK has previously identified a wide range of problems with the UK’s current immigration regime for the digital sector, in the absence of current intra-EU arrangements, and these issues also apply to AI specifically; and if the EU were to adopt a more integrated approach to regulating AI in the future, this could have implications for third country stakeholders, and the Government would have to choose what extent to align with the EU’s approach, balancing the benefits of taking a more unilateral approach with the inefficiencies which might arise from divergence.”