Much has been said about the future of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in the periods leading up to and after the Remain/Leave Referendum in June this year.

Public procurement will remain relatively untouched

Most commentators are clear that, whatever happens in other fields of regulatory control, public procurement will remain relatively untouched, as DExEU struggles to develop a plan for leaving the EU.

In his recent presentation, Tim Oakley, Head of Consultancy, briefly sets out the origins of public procurement regulation in Europe beneath the magnificent frescos of the Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome. He describes how this affected the UK and how the last iteration of the regulations is less long-winded, less complicated, probably less litigious, pro-SME and pro-Local, whilst remaining open, fair, transparent, non-discriminatory and proportionate.

Through these ‘enabling’ regulations, public procurement now provides greater competition, greater savings and greater community benefit without compromising on quality.

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