Category Archives: UK

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.

Draft EU position papers on Article 50 negotiations

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The European Commission has released policy papers on citizens rights and on a financial settlement with the UK prior to the start of the Brexit talks.  They are 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.

 

University offers Brexit Clinics to EU staff

blurr flagAll EU members of staff at the University (and members of staff with EU dependants) are being offered an appointment to discuss issues and concerns about the effect of Brexit.

The clinics will take place on 26th April and 4th May 2017, in the Room 120 of University Office.

To arrange an appointment contact sacha.nicol@abdn.ac.uk

 

Donald Tusk on the next steps following the UK triggering Article 50

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Donald Tusk, The President of the Council of the European Union, has outlined the EU strategy for Brexit negotiations and argues for a “phased approach” enabling trade talks to start once “sufficient progress” is made on a separation settlement with the UK.

The guidelines have not been officially agreed yet but the BBC has obtained a copy of the draft guidelines which is available here.  The final guidelines are due to be adopted by the European Council on 29 April.

Following a meeting of European centre-right leaders in Malta, Donald Tusk has made further comments today.  See the press release here.

Eurobarometer 86 – The UK Report

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Standard Eurobarometer surveys on EU citizens’ opinions are conducted twice every year.

For the latest report surveys took place, during November 2016, in the 28 EU Member States, in the five candidate countries and with the Turkish Cypriot Community from the part of the country not controlled by the government of the Republic of Cyprus.  The report analyses how Europeans view their political institutions as well as the EU and its institutions. It also looks at attitudes on European citizenship and on issues such as free movement, migration and the euro.

The UK report covers a number of the key issues and looks at recent changes in attitudes across the 28 member states and compares them to the UK.

Key UK findings were:

  • a fall in negative feelings on immigration
  • on an individual basis, the major concern is now inflation and rising prices 
  • more positive feelings of attachment to the EU 
  • a higher level of understanding how the EU works 
  • a strong increase in pessimism on the future of the EU 
  • a majority believes the UK could better face the future outside the EU

More information on other types of Eurobarometer reports can be accessed here.

International Women’s Day: Event in Aberdeen

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Europe Direct Aberdeen, in association with the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh,  will host a panel discussion on gender based violence and consent to mark International Women’s Day.  It will focus on the roles individuals, society and popular culture can play in combating attitudes both about consent and gender based violence.

The panel is made up of speakers from Rape Crisis Grampian, Stella’s Voice and the University of Aberdeen.

This free event will take place at Aberdeen Central Library on the 8th of March at 6pm. Booking is essential and can be done from here.