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Brexit Negotiations

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The European Commission has published documents and position papers on a wide variety of topics since the start of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. The latest topics include:

A full list is available here.

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Brexit negotiations

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The European Commission has published documents and position papers on a wide variety of topics since the start of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom as part of their approach to transparency.

These include:

A full list is available here.

The UK government department responsible for overseeing negotiations for the UK to leave the EU, the Department for Exiting the European Union, has published various position papers including:

A full list of publications is available here.

Data Roaming Charges Abolished in the EU

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As of today, (15th June 2017) data roaming charges for all travellers in the European Union have been abolished, as part of the wider project to create a Digital Single Market. The European Commission has produced a couple of useful factsheets (see links at bottom of article) on what this entails. However, as this BBC article explains, customers are still liable for extra charges if they exceed their contractually agreed data usage limits.

As the BBC article also points out, once article 50 has been fully implemented, it will be the up to a future UK Government to decide as to whether the UK adopts these pricing restrictions or not.

Roaming factsheet: TechnicalroamingfactsheetEN

Roam Like at Home FAQs: RoamLikeatHomeEN

 

Draft EU position papers on Article 50 negotiations

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The European Commission has released policy papers on citizens rights and on a financial settlement with the UK prior to the start of the Brexit talks.  They are available here.

Donald Tusk on the next steps following the UK triggering Article 50

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Donald Tusk, The President of the Council of the European Union, has outlined the EU strategy for Brexit negotiations and argues for a “phased approach” enabling trade talks to start once “sufficient progress” is made on a separation settlement with the UK.

The guidelines have not been officially agreed yet but the BBC has obtained a copy of the draft guidelines which is available here.  The final guidelines are due to be adopted by the European Council on 29 April.

Following a meeting of European centre-right leaders in Malta, Donald Tusk has made further comments today.  See the press release here.

Article 50 Triggered

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The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has now triggered Article 50, the formal notification that signals the beginning of the two-year period within which a withdrawal agreement will be negotiated between the UK and the European Union.

The full text of her letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is available here.

The latest version of  “Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies” compiled by the House of Commons Library is available here.

Also of interest may be a report commissioned by the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the Union entitled  “The Brexit Negotiations: An Assessment Of The Legal, Political And Institutional Situation In The UK” available here.

Article 50 negotiations: Implications of ‘no deal’ – Report

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The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill has now completed its passage through both Houses of Parliament and, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, gives the Prime Minister the power to notify the European Council of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU.  With Article 50, likely to be triggered by the end of the month, allowing negotiations to start, this report by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons looks at what would happen in the event of no deal being reached.

Some of the implications discussed in the report are:

  • Disputes over the cost of exiting the EU
  •  Uncertainty for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU
  • Trading on World Trade Organisation terms
  • The ‘regulatory gap’ and the limitations of the Great Repeal Bill
  • Uncertainty for UK participation in the EU’s common foreign and security policy
  • The sudden return of a ‘hard’ customs border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

The full report is available here

More information about the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is available here.