The Centre for Local Economic Strategies has published a study that recommends progressive procurement policy for a post brexit environment.
CLES has been working for 10 years on a study that looks at how "anchor institutions purchase goods and services can bring direct benefits for local business and organisations and indirect benefits for the local economy, social economy and people".
There are currently three governing principles that are followed as standard practice:
1. ensuring competition in the process and the movement of goods and services across borders;
2. ensuring procurement is undertaken in a legally compliant and risk averse way; and
3. ensuring procurement is undertaken in an efficient manner, with cost the predominant decision-making criteria.
To this CLED suggests adding three further principles to ensure more sustainable procurement:
1. The Directives talk about the importance of flexibility in procurement so that processes are more reflective of the nature of the good and service being procured and its value, thus making it simpler.
2. They talk about the importance of Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to national economies and the need to procure more of them.
3. And they talk about the need for the process of procurement to be linked to and address wider social and environmental goals.
CLES also set out a best practice guide for how to best implement post-brexit procurement. They see Brexit as a "significant opportunity for UK Government and place based anchor institutions to re-shape legislation around public procurement and in turn how procurement is undertaken in policy, strategy and practice terms."
You can read the full report and recommendations here.