The UK Government has published the first set in a series of technical notes for businesses and members of the public on how to prepare for the possibly the UK leaves the EU without securing a withdrawal agreement. These guidance notes cover importing and exporting, workplace rights, regulating medicines and medical equipment, farming, product safety, EU-funded programmes including Horizon 2020, state aid, studying in the UK or EU, money and tax and civil nuclear and nuclear research. More documents are planned.
The European Commission’s preparedness notices on these and other policy areas also looks at the consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union under various scenarios.
If you are interested in this from a Scottish perspective the SPICe blog from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre intends to provide analysis on the UK Government’s technical notes over the next month.
The European Commission has published documents and position papers on a wide variety of topics since the start of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom as part of their approach to transparency.
A report by the EU Justice Sub-Committee of the House of Lords looks at the issues arising from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, and, in particular, remove itself from the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union, in relation to European cross border cases in such areas as:
Disputed custody of children
A medical negligence claim;
Litigation arising out of a car accident abroad
Failure to perform a contract
An employment dispute
The current legal framework provides certainty about where such cases should be held and for the automatic recognition and enforcement of judicial decisions and judgments throughout the EU. The report highlights concerns for families, individuals and businesses if alternative adequate arrangements are not in place when the UK leaves the EU.
The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill has now completed its passage through both Houses of Parliament and, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, gives the Prime Minister the power to notify the European Council of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU. With Article 50, likely to be triggered by the end of the month, allowing negotiations to start, this report by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons looks at what would happen in the event of no deal being reached.
Some of the implications discussed in the report are:
Disputes over the cost of exiting the EU
Uncertainty for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU
Trading on World Trade Organisation terms
The ‘regulatory gap’ and the limitations of the Great Repeal Bill
Uncertainty for UK participation in the EU’s common foreign and security policy
The sudden return of a ‘hard’ customs border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland