The House of Lords European Union Committee has today published a report looking at the technically complex and politically contentious impact of Brexit on the UK’s devolution settlements and to the fundamental constitutional challenges presented to the United Kingdom as a whole.
“the devolution settlements are built upon UK membership of the EU.
Brexit will remove one of the foundations of the devolution settlements, with potentially destabilising consequences”. (Para. 2)
The report considers whether Scotland could have different Brexit arrangements from the rest of the UK in some areas; the need to protect the Welsh agricultural and manufacturing sector and the distinctive geographical and political issues that Brexit presents to Northern Ireland.
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.
University of Aberdeen Vice-Principle Margaret Ross will chair the event and the speakers and their specific topics will be as follows:
Professor Paul Beaumont, University of Aberdeen – What Are the Options for Brexit?
Professor Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen – Migration and Freedom of Movement
Professor Michael Keating – Options for Scotland
James Bream, Grampian Chamber of Commerce – What Does Brexit Mean for Business in North East Scotland
The event itself will run from 6pm – 8pm and coffee and tea will be available from 5:30pm.