The 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.
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.
Representatives from Scotland Europa will be visiting the University of Aberdeen on 29 May 2017 to give an update on European funding and provide some general principles for writing grant funding applications to EU bodies. The event is for researchers at the University of Aberdeen and aimed particularly at those who have previous experience of applying to EU funding bodies.
Further information about this event and how to reserve a place is available here.
The Education Select Committee of the House of Commons has published a report on the opportunities and challenges for higher education posed by Brexit.
Concerned that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit could cause a “damaging brain drain”
Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Committee, said:
“Higher education in the UK is a world leader but Brexit risks damaging our international competitiveness and the long-term success of our universities. It’s welcome that EU students have been given some guarantees on their funding and loan access but the Government must act urgently to address the uncertainty over EU staff and avert the risk of a damaging ‘brain drain’ of talent from our shores. As we leave the European Union we now have the opportunity to reform our immigration system to ensure we reap the full rewards of the ability of our universities to attract the brightest and best students and staff from across the world.”
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.
All 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has now triggered Article 50, the formal notification that signals the beginning of the two-year period within which a withdrawal agreement will be negotiated between the UK and the European Union.
The full text of her letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is available here.
The latest version of “Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies” compiled by the House of Commons Library is available here.
Also of interest may be a report commissioned by the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the Union entitled “The Brexit Negotiations: An Assessment Of The Legal, Political And Institutional Situation In The UK” available here.
Tomorrow (Friday 31st March 2017) the Aberdeen law project will hold a seminar to discuss Brexit and how it will affect smaller organisations and charities. There will be a Q & A session with lecturer Dr. Justin Borg-Barthet.
If you would like to attend, email email@example.com with the number of people and any advance questions you wish to put to Dr Borg-Barthet.
The event will run from 4pm – 5:30pm and will be held in New Kings Room 1.