An event, entitled Brexit: Scotland, the UK and EU27: Key Issues, organised by the Scottish Centre on European Relations takes place in Aberdeen at the Central Library on May 23rd. Organised with the support of the European Commission in Scotland the panel will consider how, with less than a year to go, the Brexit talks are developing and the implications this has for Scotland. There will be time for questions and answers.
The Speakers are:
Prof Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen
Liam Smyth, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce
Dr Craig McAngus, University of the West of Scotland
and the Chair is:
Dr Kirsty Hughes, Scottish Centre on European Relations
The event, which starts at 6.00pm on May23rd is free but you need to register in advance.
Representatives from Scotland Europa will be visiting the University of Aberdeen on 29 May 2017 to give an update on European funding and provide some general principles for writing grant funding applications to EU bodies. The event is for researchers at the University of Aberdeen and aimed particularly at those who have previous experience of applying to EU funding bodies.
Further information about this event and how to reserve a place is available here.
Tomorrow (Friday 31st March 2017) the Aberdeen law project will hold a seminar to discuss Brexit and how it will affect smaller organisations and charities. There will be a Q & A session with lecturer Dr. Justin Borg-Barthet.
If you would like to attend, email email@example.com with the number of people and any advance questions you wish to put to Dr Borg-Barthet.
The event will run from 4pm – 5:30pm and will be held in New Kings Room 1.
In a referendum held in the UK on 23 June 2016, 51.9% of the participating electorate voted to leave the European Union. The number of legal questions raised by the referendum are breathtaking. This presentation tackles three of them: First, it discusses questions of UK constitutional law involved in deciding to leave the Union, namely the role of referenda, sovereignty of Parliament, the scope of the royal prerogative and devolution. Second, the basic EU law rules concerning the withdrawal process as contained in Art. 50 of the TEU will be presented. These involve issues such as the start of the negotiations, their content, length, how they will be conducted and whether the UK can conclude trade agreements during the Art. 50 negotiations process. Finally, the “fallback” option – the status of the UK in the WTO will be covered.
The High Court decision in Miller (the ‘Brexit case’) was essentially a public law case. The judgment (PDF) addresses the question of whether the royal prerogative can be exercised to repeal vested statutory rights. As is well known, the Court found in the negative. In the Court’s view, therefore, notice of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union requires parliamentary consent.
But the judgment turns on a question of EU law, namely whether revocation of notice of intention to withdraw from the EU is possible. Here too the Court found in the negative. Both the claimants and government were of the view that once notice is given under Article 50 TEU, that notice is irrevocable. In other words, once the UK notifies the European Council that it wishes to withdraw, the UK cannot change its mind and…
A free public lecture on Scotland’s options for Brexit, hosted by the School of Law, will take place at the University’s Regent Lecture Theatre from 6pm to 8pm this evening. Admission is free and there is no need to book.
The lecture will be given by Professor Sir David Edward who is a member of the Standing Council on Europe set up by the First Minister following the result of the Referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union. Further information is available here.