The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill has now completed its passage through both Houses of Parliament and, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, gives the Prime Minister the power to notify the European Council of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU. With Article 50, likely to be triggered by the end of the month, allowing negotiations to start, this report by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons looks at what would happen in the event of no deal being reached.
Some of the implications discussed in the report are:
Disputes over the cost of exiting the EU
Uncertainty for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU
Trading on World Trade Organisation terms
The ‘regulatory gap’ and the limitations of the Great Repeal Bill
Uncertainty for UK participation in the EU’s common foreign and security policy
The sudden return of a ‘hard’ customs border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
The International Trade Committee‘s first report UK Trade Options Beyond 2019 identifies and examines possible models for the UK to conduct international trade after it leaves the European Union. It details various options and looks at the issues the Government would need to resolve in each scenario.
The UK Government has today published a white paper entitled The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union on its proposed strategy to leave the European Union. You can read it here.
If you would like to follow The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill’s progress through Parliament Aberdeen University members can do so on Public Information Online here or alternatively on the Parliament website here .
There is a handy news section on the House of Commons website to help you keep up-date with what is happening in Parliament here as well as a section on how leaving the EU will affect various policy areas here.
The government’s appeal was dismissed in the Supreme Court yesterday. This means that Parliament has to give its approval before the formal process of leaving the EU can begin. The judgement and summary documents are available here.
The original case was about prerogative powers, defined by the High Court in the original case as “the residue of legal authority left in the hands of the Crown” however as the UK has a sovereign parliament it is argued that prerogative powers cannot be used to overrule legislation. The government argued, however, that it did have the prerogative power to “make and unmake treaties” allowing it to launch the process without requiring an Act of Parliament.
This is what the Supreme Court will be considering today in a case expected to last 4 days. Follow it live here.
The case is about prerogative powers, defined by the High Court in the original case as “the residue of legal authority left in the hands of the Crown” however as the UK has a sovereign parliament it is argued that prerogative powers cannot be used to overrule legislation. The government argues, however, in does have the prerogative power to “make and unmake treaties” allowing it to launch the process without requiring an Act of Parliament.
The Scottish Government is also involved in this case. The Lord Advocate’s intervention proposes that triggering article 50 requires an Act of the UK Parliament and as a result requires a Legislative Consent Motion of the Scottish Parliament as matters devolved to them are involved.