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.
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.
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.