The latest edition of the EUR-Lex newsletter is now available. The August edition highlights some improvements made to the site e.g. legislation results lists now include ‘No longer in force’ and ‘Not yet in force’, in addition to ‘In force’, clarifying the legal status of the documents concerned. They are colour-coded: green – in force; yellow – not yet in force and red – no longer in force.
The team also includes researchers from the universities of Cambridge, Cardiff, Cork and Stirling.
“This country is undertaking a real-time experiment in constitutional change and a game without fixed rules or a referee. The project will monitor these claims and decisions, seek to explain them and assess their significance”.
Read more about this project in the University’s press release here.
Hans-Ludwig Buchholz, a research student here at Aberdeen University, poses this question in an article in The Conversation intriguingly titled “How theatre can help us understand Donald Trump and Brexit” It’s available to read here.
Tomorrow in Rome EU leaders will celebrate 60 years since the signing of the Treaties of Rome, on the 25th of March 1957. This event is an opportunity for them to reflect on the EU’s achievements, celebrate the Union’s shared values, and look forward to the future of the EU with 27 Member States.
The European Political Strategy Centre has produced a publication called “The European Story 60 years of shared progress” to mark the anniversary. It is available here.
Here in Aberdeen to mark the occasion the University of Aberdeen is flying the EU flag and the Principal, Professor Sir Ian Diamond, hopes “all colleagues will take a moment on the day to reflect on the nature and importance of a global university such as ours”.
The School of Law will host a free public lecture by Dr Robert Taylor on the 10th of February entitled Federalism by Conventions: The Constitutional Implications of Brexit on the Union. See the abstract below for details:
On 23rd June 2016, a majority of the British electorate decided to leave the European Union against all expectations, and the constitutional impact of this historic decision, particularly on the Union, remains shrouded in uncertainty. Despite being a UK-wide referendum, the Union was left very much divided following the result. Although the majority of England and Wales chose to leave the EU, both Northern Ireland and Scotland chose decisively to remain. Two nations thus risk being dragged out of the EU against their wishes, thereby bringing into question not only the desirability of the UK’s constitutional arrangements, but the continued existence of the UK itself. Some have suggested that the only viable solution post-Brexit is for a federal UK where each nation is given greater autonomy over its own affairs – including perhaps EU membership – which is enshrined in law via a new codified and entrenched constitution. Such a move would constitute a major shift in the direction of the constitution which, it is argued, may bring as much uncertainty as the referendum result itself. I thus wish to explore alternative options, in particular the role constitutional conventions may have to play in creating and regulating a federal UK.
The event will be held in New Kings, NK 11 from 16.00-17.30. No booking is required.
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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.
Do you need statistical information for your assignments but find the information difficult to understand? Well Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, does not only produce material for confident, skilled users. There is a section called Statistics Explained presenting articles on statistical topics in an easily understandable way. In addition you can go to one of the workbooks in Statistics 4 beginners for help.
Eurostat publishes freely available harmonised statistics on the EU. Data is collected from national statistical authorities using standardised methodologies enabling genuine comparisons to be made between countries or regions.
The University of Aberdeen is recognised as a ‘research entity’ by Eurostat. This allows researchers at the University of Aberdeen to request access to microdata , the units of data that aggregate statistics are compiled from, by submitting research proposals to Eurostat.