Brexit and Ireland


Interested in how Brexit will impact Ireland?  Then some recent publications available through the EU Bookshop maybe of interest.

UK withdrawal (“Brexit”) and the Good Friday Agreement

Brexit and Ireland: Legal political and economic considerations

The impact and consequences of Brexit on Northern Ireland

The EU Bookshop is an online bookshop, library and archive of publications from the EU institutions and agencies going back to 1952 and includes work produced jointly with partner institutions.  Most publications can be downloaded in pdf format free of charge.

Aberdeen University users can also find EU Bookshop material using the ‘All Collections’ tab in Primo.  Any EU Bookshop items that appear in your search results can be accessed by clicking the title, which will take you straight through to the Bookshop itself, where you can download a pdf of your document.


The Scottish Parliament and Brexit

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Earlier this month the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee stated it could not recommend legislative consent to the UK Government’s European Union Withdrawal Bill in its present form. The Committee believes clause 11 of the Bill is incompatible with the devolution settlement.  Their interim report is available here.  A final report will be produced on the Bill prior to the final amending stage in the House of Lords.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), which provides impartial, factual, information and analysis to Members of the Scottish Parliament, has produced a briefing paper explaining what legislative consent is and its legal and political status.

The Scottish Government has indicated it may introduce its own EU Continuity Bill to prepare Scotland’s laws for Brexit. A guest post on the SPICe spotlight blog, by Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, discussing this possibility is available here.  Guest blog posts, of course, reflect the views of the author not SPICe or the Scottish Parliament.





Consultation on Future European Research and Innovation Policy

The University will be hosting a Consultation on Future European Research and Innovation Policy later this month. The workshop aims to discuss recommendations for the contents and structure of the 9th European Research and Innovation Framework Programme (the successor to Horizon 2020).

In particular, this event will provide a forum to:

  • Share your vision and hear from others about what should be prioritised in the next Framework Programme
  • Learn about Scotland’s current policy priorities
  • Engage with the European Commission about the upcoming consultations
  • Learn about the benefits of the current Framework Programme directly from successful applicants

Participation in the consultation process provides the opportunity to contribute to the development of the next European Research and Innovation Programmes (FP9). This will increase the likelihood that the programme will continue to provide suitable opportunities to access European networks. To register for the event, use this link.


Information source: University of Aberdeen Communications

Scotland after Brexit

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What will the economic impact of the UK leaving the European Union be to Scotland?  A new analytic paper, produced by the Scottish Government, looks at the impact on trade, productivity and migration of different types of future relationships and concludes that Scotland’s best interests are served by continued membership of the European Single Market.  The full report entitled Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment is available here.


The European Solidarity Corps is 1 year old.

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Launched by the European Commission in December 2016 the European Solidarity Corps is aimed at 18 to 30 year olds who want to help make a difference by volunteering or working for a good cause. Over 40,000 people from all EU Member States have signed up in the first year with over 2,000 of them starting placements. In August 2017, for example, a group of volunteers went to Norcia in Italy, to help with the on going efforts to repair damage and rebuild social services for the local community affected by the severe earthquakes that had hit the region a year earlier.  In other examples  participants are working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or with special needs, with refugees or with the elderly. If you are interested in participating find out more here.


Brexit: latest documents

On Friday, December 8th, the European Commission recommended to the European Council that sufficient progress has been made in the first phase of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. The  European Council meeting on December 15th will formally decide if this is the case, allowing negotiations to proceed to the second phase. The European Commission recommendation follows the Joint Report agreed by the European Commission negotiation team led by Michel Barnier and the United Kingdom Government. 

The European Commission believes sufficient progress has been made in the three priority areas of citizen’s rights, Ireland and the financial settlement as laid out in the European Council Guidelines of 29th April 2017. You can read details of the Commission’s assessment at the state of progress of the negotiations here. Related documents are also available

You may also be interested in: the statement made by the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, following the recommendation made by the European Commission.

Scottish Parliament Information Centre Research Briefings

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The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) produces research briefings on a wide range of issues, including on EU and International Affairs. These are intended to aid Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) by providing relevant impartial up-to-date background material on topics relevant to their work. However, the briefing papers are useful to anyone starting to research a current issue.

SPICe also produce a blog which has a section devoted to the UK decision to leave the European Union. A  useful feature is the weekly update on current developments following on from the decision to leave.

The latest update from the 30th of November 2017 is available here.

Public Consultation on Fake News

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The European Commission are holding a public consultation on fake news and online disinformation, with the objective being to
“help assess the effectiveness of current actions by market players and other stakeholders, the need for scaling them up and introducing new actions to address different types of fake news.”
There are two questionnaires, one for citizens and one for legal entities and journalists.  The consultation will run from 13 November 2017 until 23 February 2018. Check the page on Europa for more information and for links to the questionnaires.

Public Law Brexit Special Issue

Public law Brexit SpecialThe legal journal Public Law has produced a ‘Brexit Special Extra Issue’ featuring nine articles discussing the constitutional implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. This special issue is now available for reference in Taylor Library. The Library also has electronic access to Public Law through the Westlaw UK legal database. University of Aberdeen students and staff can access Westlaw UK via Primo.

In the news: The European Medicines Agency

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Yesterday it was announced that the European Medicines Agency will relocate from London to Amsterdam.  The EMA is an agency of the European Union and its role involves the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines for human and animal use as well as assisting national agencies authorise medicine sales within the EU single market.

The EMA has to relocate due to the UK decision to leave the EU and the UK Government’s desire to no longer be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

EMA has been based in London, UK,  since it’s location was secured by John Major’s government in 1995, the year the Agency was established. It currently employs nearly 900 people with a further 36,000 scientists and regulators visiting each year.

A House of Commons Library Research Paper entitled Brexit and medicines regulation looks at how medicines are currently regulated in the UK, the role of the EMA and what the options are post Brexit.