Category Archives: Scotland

Consultation on EU (Withdrawal) Bill

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The Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee is calling for views on the impact of the European Union Withdrawal Bill on the devolution settlement.

The committee will consider the Bill, as well as the expected legislative consent memorandum, after the summer recess. The closing date for responses is Friday, 29 September 2017.

(This item originally appeared in the Swop Forum, the blog from the Scottish Working Forum on Official Publications)

 

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

Brexit: Agriculture and trade

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The outcome of Brexit negotiations will impact on agriculture and trade in agricultural products across the UK.

A House of Commons Library paper looking at the issues is available here.

An earlier briefing paper by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) looking at these issues in Scotland is available here.

 

Brexit and the fishing industry

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The implications of Brexit for the fishing industry are highly uncertain.  Prior to the introduction of a new Fisheries Bill, the House of Commons Library has produced a briefing paper entitled “Brexit: What next for UK fisheries?” on how negotiations with the EU and future UK Government policy may affect fishing in the UK.  It is available here.

An earlier briefing paper by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) called Implications of leaving the EU: Fisheries examines issues for the Scottish sea fishing sector.  It is available here.

University offers additional Brexit clinics to EU Staff

blurr flagAll EU members of staff and members of staff with EU dependants at the University of Aberdeen are being offered an appointment with consultants from a law firm.

These additional clinics will take place on the 1st and 8th June 2017.

Further information for staff is available here

 

 

Public Meeting: Brexit: What next for the UK and Scotland?

brexitstarsThis meeting presents a chance to find out more about the issues at stake and what the options are.  There will be short presentations by specialists on Europe, followed by an open discussion.

This event involving the University of the Highlands and Islands, the Centre on Constitutional Change, the European Commission Representation in Scotland & the UK in a Changing Europe will take place at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Executive Office, Ness Walk, Inverness on Wednesday 31st May 2017 – 10:30 am – 12:30pm.

More information on this free event, including how to register, is available here.

For those not able to attend there will be a video conference link available. Please contact iona.macdonald@uhi.ac.uk as soon as possible and at the very latest 48 hours before the event.

 

 

 

Scotland and Brexit

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Two recent reports may be of interest:

A research paper entitled The Impact of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on Scotland, Wales and Gibraltar  has been produced at the request of the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs.  It looks at the economic and political implications of Brexit  and at the possible return of  ‘Europeanised’ competencies to  devolved administrations. The paper also considers how Brexit might affect their future relationships within the UK and externally with the EU.

The Scottish Parliament’s SPICe briefing paper: The White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill – Impact on Scotland  looks at how the provisions proposed in the UK Government White Paper  “Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union” may affect Scotland.

As regular readers will know, SPICe also provides a weekly update on the current developments on the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.  The latest bulletin is available here.

 

 

New independent and unaligned Edinburgh based think tank established

 

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The Scottish Centre on European Relations was launched last month with the stated aim:

“to inform, debate, and provide up-to-the-minute, high quality research and analysis of European Union developments and challenges”

While it focuses on pan-EU issues it has a particular focus on Scotland’s EU interests and policies.

Recent publications include:  “Scotland’s Transition to EU membership”; “What is Really Driving Populism in Europe” and  “Scotland’s Brexit Choices”

You can check out recent publications here.