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.
Scotland has an ageing population and a low birth rate. With this in mind the Scottish Government looks to attract (and retain) people from the rest of the UK and abroad to come and live in Scotland to help sustain and grow the economy.
A post on the SPice blog, Spotlight, discusses a SPICe and University of Glasgow research project ‘Attracting and retaining migrants in post-Brexit Scotland: is a social integration strategy the answer?’
“Developing strategies for attracting and retaining migrants – along with creating an overall positive atmosphere around migration – may be of crucial importance to Scotland’s future”
The study will be based on focus group discussions on:
Is a strategy needed?
Is it practicable?
Would it improve the lives of those who have come to live here?
Would it attract other migrants to come to Scotland?
Where does the local population stand on this?
A report will be available at the end of June 2018.
You can read the full post on this, as well as other Brexit related topics, on the SPICe blog here.
What will the economic impact of the UK leaving the European Union be to Scotland? A new analytic paper, produced by the Scottish Government, looks at the impact on trade, productivity and migration of different types of future relationships and concludes that Scotland’s best interests are served by continued membership of the European Single Market. The full report entitled Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment is available here.
University of Aberdeen staff and students have access to the full report through OECD i-Library. Access is through Primo on campus, just remember to log in. If you are working on your own computer outwith the university network, access is via the VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure).
The University of Aberdeen Library’s subscription to OECD iLibrary allows access to the publications and datasets from the OECD, International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF). Subjects include agriculture and food, development, economics, education and skills, emerging economies, employment, energy, environment and sustainable development, health, historical economic statistics, migration, national accounts, social issues, taxation and transport. Coverage is from 1998 to the present day.
A new briefing paper by the House of Lords Library looks both at the possible impact of migration negotiations on the status of sports professional in the UK and at the potential economic impact of Brexit on football, rugby and cricket. The full report is available here.
Estonia assumed the presidency of the European Council on the 1st of July. A position it will hold for six months. This is the first time Estonia has held the rotating presidency. More information on what the role involves is available here. The motto of the Estonian Presidency is “Unity through balance” reflecting its belief that the EU’s role is to find a balance between different views, traditions and interests in Europe to achieve the best possible outcome for European citizens. The four priorities identified by the Estonian government for its presidency are:
an open and innovative European economy;
a safe and secure Europe;
digital Europe and free movement of data;
an inclusive and sustainable Europe.
You can follow the Estonian Presidency on Facebook or find out more about Estonia here.
In a circular economy, products and the materials they contain are highly valued. This contrasts with the traditional, linear economic model, which is based on a “take-make-consume-throw away” pattern. – EPRS press release
Explore the concept of a circular economy with the animated infographic here.