Category Archives: EU

Research briefings on Brexit

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The Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) produce research briefings on a wide range of issues. Intended to aid the work of members of the Houses of Parliament by providing relevant background material they are also useful to anyone starting to research a current topic.

Recent titles on how leaving the EU will affect different policy areas in the UK include:

Importance of trade with the EU for UK industries: Examines the importance of trade with the EU for the sectors and industries of the UK economy.

Employment of other EU nationals in the UK: Provides statistics on nationals of other EU countries working in the UK.

Brexit: the July negotiations: What happened at the second round of Brexit negotiations?

Brexit negotiations: The Irish border question: One of the three main areas of discussion in the first phase of Brexit negotiations.

Some titles that have recently been updated include:

Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies (updated 8 August 2017) briefing and reports from the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The UK’s contribution to the EU budget. (updated 31 July 2017):  how the UK contributes and how much it receives back.

Brexit: the exit bill (updated 31 July 2017): the issues related to the UK’s financial contribution to the EU after Brexit.

Brexit and data protection (updated 27 July 2017): reforms of EU data protection law and what might happen after Brexit.

#BeActive Challenge

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Why not get involved in the #BeActive challenge by posting photos or videos of yourself running, skipping, jumping or anything else in between on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the #BeActive hashtag for your chance to win prizes? There will be one winner chosen every week between now and the 23rd of September.  More information and the entry form is available here.

This is part of the European Week of Sport  (23rd-30th September 2017) to promote sport and physical activity across Europe.

 

 

 

Travelling in Europe this summer?

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Why not have a look at the holiday-themed August edition of the EU Publications Office Newsletter. The selection of titles include practical tips for anyone travelling in Europe as well as information on EU consumer and passenger rights. Other topics featured are the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), road safety and bathing water quality.

Call into the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library for a free copy of the leaflets on the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and Travelling in Europe 2017-18.

Eurostat launches new section on economic globalisation

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Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has launched a new section on its website dealing with economic globalisation.

“This dedicated section aims at satisfying the need for information on economic globalisation from the point of view of business statistics and macroeconomic statistics by providing background information, concepts and definitions, statistics, and their proper use, presentation and interpretation”.

Check it out here.

International and EU students in higher education in the UK

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“In recent years, the UK has been the second most popular global destination for international students after the USA. In 2014 the US took 26% of postgraduate students from all countries who were studying overseas at universities in the OECD, the UK was in second place with 15%. But market share has been slipping and other English speaking countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada are now seeing significant increases in overseas students as are European countries which are increasingly offering courses in English”.

A new House of Commons briefing paper answers some frequently asked questions about international and EU students in the UK. It provides lots of statistics and considers the potential impact of both Brexit and the net migration target on international and EU student recruitment.

You can access the report here.

 

Brexit and Professional Sport

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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.

Brexit and Devolution

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The House of Lords European Union Committee has today published a report looking at the technically complex and politically contentious impact of Brexit on the UK’s devolution settlements and to the fundamental constitutional challenges presented to the United Kingdom as a whole.

 “the devolution settlements are built upon UK membership of the EU.

Brexit will remove one of the foundations of the devolution settlements, with potentially destabilising consequences”. (Para. 2)

The report considers whether Scotland could have different Brexit arrangements from the rest of the UK in some areas; the need to protect the Welsh agricultural and manufacturing sector and the distinctive geographical and political issues that Brexit presents to Northern Ireland.

The full report is available here.

 

The abolition of mobile roaming charges and Brexit

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Since 15 June 2017 roaming charges in the EU have been abolished allowing mobile customers to use their network provider’s allowance of minutes, text messages and data throughout the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) without incurring additional charges.

The abolition of roaming charges will continue to apply in the UK until it leaves the EU.

A new House of Commons Library briefing paper, available here, looks at possible scenarios after Brexit.

The factsheets below, produced by the European Commission, explain the current pre-Brexit situation.

Roaming factsheet: TechnicalroamingfactsheetEN

Roam Like at Home FAQs: RoamLikeatHomeEN

However, as this BBC article explains, customers are still liable for extra charges if they exceed their contractually agreed data usage limits.

 

 

 

UoA study on the effects of Brexit on the UK’s constitutional dynamics

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A team from the University of Aberdeen led by Professor Michael Keating, has won a £2.5 million grant from the ESRC to examine, in real time, the effects of Brexit on the constitutional dynamics of the UK.

The team also includes researchers from the universities of Cambridge, Cardiff, Cork and Stirling.

 

“This country is undertaking a real-time experiment in constitutional change and a game without fixed rules or a referee. The project will monitor these claims and decisions, seek to explain them and assess their significance”.

Read more about this project in the University’s press release here.

Active Travel

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The ERDF Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund was launched at the end of  last year with the aim of supporting the development of active travel and low carbon transport hubs. These help deliver one of Transport Scotland’s objectives of encouraging more daily  journeys to be taken by walking, cycling or public transport.

There were 5 successful projects awarded European funding including Sport Aberdeen. Find out more about the ‘Bridge of Don Active Travel Hub’ Project and Scotland’s other winning projects here.