Category Archives: Brexit

Brexit: Law and Politics – discussion event in Aberdeen

This free event at Robert Gordon University may be of interest.

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Draft Withdrawal Agreement on the UK from the EU

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The House of Commons Library has produced a list of 7 documents you may wish to bookmark on this.

They include :

Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community,

Outline of the political declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, 14 November 2018

Withdrawal Agreement explainer and Technical Explanatory note on Articles 6-8 on the Northern Ireland Protocol, 14 November 2018

 

EU citizens living in the UK and eligibility to vote in the 2019 EP elections

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European Union citizens who live in the UK are being urged to check their eligibility to vote in the European Parliament elections which take place between the 23rd to 26th of May next year.

UK citizens will no longer be eligible to vote due to the UK decision to leave the EU on the 29th of March 2019.   However, citizens of the other EU Countries living in the UK are eligible to vote, subject to certain conditions.  A set of country factsheets, produced by the European Parliament, listing voting conditions and national contact points is available here.  While some background information on European Parliament elections is here.

 

 

 

 

A no-deal Brexit

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The UK Government has published the first set in a series of technical notes for businesses and members of the public on how to prepare for the possibly the UK leaves the EU without securing a withdrawal agreement.  These guidance notes cover importing and exporting, workplace rights, regulating medicines and medical equipment, farming, product safety, EU-funded programmes including Horizon 2020,  state aid, studying in the UK or EU, money and tax and civil nuclear and nuclear research.  More documents are planned.

The European Commission’s preparedness notices on these and other policy areas also looks at the consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union under various scenarios.

If you are interested in this from a Scottish perspective the SPICe blog  from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre intends to provide analysis on the UK Government’s technical notes over the next month.

 

 

 

European Commission Publications Newsletter – Spotlight on holidays in Europe

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The August edition of the European Commission Publications Office Newsletter puts a spotlight on holidays in Europe:

August is the peak holiday month for people living in the EU. According to data from recent years, more than three out of four outbound trips from the EU have a main destination in another EU Member State.
It appears Europe is an attractive destination for its residents and there are good reasons, other than proximity, for that. Europe offers to travellers a vast diversity of landscapes, traditions, lifestyles, cultural points of interest and historical and natural monuments to explore. Thanks to the EU, enjoying all this diversity within its Member States has become quite seamless and much easier.
The days of long queues and delays at the borders are long gone but this is far from being the only thing. Travellers throughout the EU enjoy enhanced and consistent consumer and passenger rights;
EU citizens can drive their vehicles, enjoy their insurance coverage, use their mobile phones and enjoy a number of other benefits throughout the EU at no extra cost. And, perish the thought, in case of an emergency they have a single European emergency phone number, available everywhere in the EU, to call free of charge: 112.
In this holiday-themed edition of the Publications Office newsletter you will find useful general and legal publications of interest to any holiday maker in Europe. As always, you will also find a selection of some of the most interesting EU publications on several other topics, including research.
Some of the travel related publications highlighted include:
Other publications mentioned this month include:

 

 

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Are you heading off to another EU country on holiday soon?  Then remember to pack your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) along with your passport.  This gives access to state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The card entitles you to state-provided healthcare under the same conditions and at the same cost as citizens of that country.  In some cases treatment may be free.  The card covers both pre-existing medical conditions as well as emergency care.  Do remember though the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance as it does not cover private healthcare or return flights if you have to come home early for health reasons.

Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider.

UK citizens can apply for the card for free by going here.  Avoid any site that asks for a fee.

The EU and the UK have provisionally agreed that UK citizens and EU citizens in the UK will be able to use the EHIC after Brexit but this provisional agreement will only apply if the final withdrawl agreement is ratified.

 

 

The House of Commons Library

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The House of Commons Library is celebrating as this year marks 200 hundred years since its first librarian was appointed.  You can find out more about the library’s history here or watch the video at the end of this blog.

One aspect of the library’s work, relevant to anyone starting to research a contemporary topic, is the production of impartial research briefings on a wide range of current issues.  While these are intended to help members of Parliament by providing them with good quality impartial background information, they are extremely useful to anyone starting to research a current issue. They can be searched by date or topic.

Some recent briefings which may be of interest include:

Brexit and European Citizenship

Brexit the exit bill

Brexit and financial services

Brexit discussion event in Aberdeen

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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.

Brexit and the Norway Model

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The Centre on Constitutional Change, which is based at the University of Edinburgh and includes academics from the Universities of Aberdeen, Cambridge, Cardiff, Stirling, and University College Cork, has issued an invitation to the launch of a new book Squaring the Circle. Could the Norway Model Work?  The launch event takes place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 31st May.  Booking details for this free event are available here.

“As the UK Government and opposition parties struggle to define their vision of Brexit, attention has turned back to the European Economic Area or ‘Norway model’, which allows access to the European Single Market without membership of the European Union.

Professor John Erik Fossum (University of Oslo) will present the findings of his new book with Hans Petter Graver: Squaring the Circle. Could the Norway Model Work?

The book provides an overview of the Norway model, an assessment of the likelihood that the UK will adopt (parts of or all of) this model. It draws some lessons for the UK, and some reflections on the possible effects on Norway.

There will be a response by Dame Mariot Leslie (former UK Ambassador to Norway)”

Brexit negotiations: transition period

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The Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union and Euratom is available in a coloured coded version, highlighting both where progress has been made and areas still to be agreed.

If you are following the withdrawl process you can find other relevant documents here.

Publications from the UK Department for Exiting the European Union are available here.