Earlier this month the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee stated it could not recommend legislative consent to the UK Government’s European Union Withdrawal Bill in its present form. The Committee believes clause 11 of the Bill is incompatible with the devolution settlement. Their interim report is available here. A final report will be produced on the Bill prior to the final amending stage in the House of Lords.
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), which provides impartial, factual, information and analysis to Members of the Scottish Parliament, has produced a briefing paper explaining what legislative consent is and its legal and political status.
On Friday, December 8th, the European Commission recommended to the European Council that sufficient progress has been made in the first phase of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. The European Council meeting on December 15th will formally decide if this is the case, allowing negotiations to proceed to the second phase. The European Commission recommendation follows the Joint Report agreed by the European Commission negotiation team led by Michel Barnier and the United Kingdom Government.
The European Commission believes sufficient progress has been made in the three priority areas of citizen’s rights, Ireland and the financial settlement as laid out in the European Council Guidelines of 29th April 2017. You can read details of the Commission’s assessment at the state of progress of the negotiations here. Related documents are also available.
You may also be interested in: the statement made by the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, following the recommendation made by the European Commission.
Yesterday it was announced that the European Medicines Agency will relocate from London to Amsterdam. The EMA is an agency of the European Union and its role involves the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines for human and animal use as well as assisting national agencies authorise medicine sales within the EU single market.
The EMA has to relocate due to the UK decision to leave the EU and the UK Government’s desire to no longer be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
EMA has been based in London, UK, since it’s location was secured by John Major’s government in 1995, the year the Agency was established. It currently employs nearly 900 people with a further 36,000 scientists and regulators visiting each year.
A House of Commons Library Research Paper entitled Brexit and medicines regulationlooks at how medicines are currently regulated in the UK, the role of the EMA and what the options are post Brexit.
Today the UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scottish Government can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association and others that it did not comply with European Union law. The judgment is available here.
In an attempt to reduce both the harm to health and the social consequences arising from the consumption of cheap high strength alcohol, the Scottish Parliament passed The Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 . This has been the subject proceeding in the Scottish, European Union and United Kingdom courts since 2012.
Further background to the case is available from the UK Supreme Court here and from the Scottish Government here.
Did you know the average hourly pay of women in Europe is 16.3% lower than that of men? The 3rd November was designated European Equal Pay Day this year to mark the moment when women effectively stop getting paid compared to their male colleagues, with almost two months of the year remaining.
Find out here how the UK gender pay gap compares to other European countries.
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.
The UK Government has published a paper that considers some alternate arrangements for the UK’s relationship with the EU in the event there was a vote to leave in the forthcoming Referendum. Read it here.
Models considered include those used by Norway, Switzerland, Canada and Turkey.
Government Paper Rights and obligations of European Union membership
*Please note – due to a high level of interest, this event is in the King’s College Conference Centre and not The Sir Duncan Rice Library as previously advertised*
On the 22nd March there will be an EU referendum panel discussion event in the Kings Conference Centre entitled ‘The UK and Europe. EU in or out’. The chair is Professor Margaret Ross, the University’s vice principal, and the panelists are:
*Please note – due to a high level of interest, this event will now take place in the King’s College Conference Centre.*
On the 22nd March there will be an EU referendum panel discussion event in the Sir Duncan Rice LibraryKings Conference Centre entitled ‘The UK and Europe. EU in or out’. The chair is Professor Margaret Ross, the University’s vice principal, and the panelists are:
The draft EU deal proposed by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, is an effort to address all of the concerns raised by David Cameron regarding the UK’s place in the European Union, ahead of the coming referendum. You can read the full text of Tusk’s letter to European Council members, outlining the proposed deal, here. You can also find links to the various draft decisions, statements and declarations that make up the deal as it currently stands.