Tag Archives: Scotland

In the news: Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol

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Today the UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scottish Government can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association and others that it did not comply with European Union law.  The judgment is available here.

In an attempt to reduce both the harm to health and the social consequences arising from the consumption of cheap high strength alcohol, the Scottish Parliament passed  The Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 . This has been the subject proceeding in the Scottish, European Union and United Kingdom courts since 2012.

Further background to the case is available from the UK Supreme Court here and from the Scottish Government here.

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Scotland and Brexit

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Two recent reports may be of interest:

A research paper entitled The Impact of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on Scotland, Wales and Gibraltar  has been produced at the request of the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs.  It looks at the economic and political implications of Brexit  and at the possible return of  ‘Europeanised’ competencies to  devolved administrations. The paper also considers how Brexit might affect their future relationships within the UK and externally with the EU.

The Scottish Parliament’s SPICe briefing paper: The White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill – Impact on Scotland  looks at how the provisions proposed in the UK Government White Paper  “Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union” may affect Scotland.

As regular readers will know, SPICe also provides a weekly update on the current developments on the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.  The latest bulletin is available here.

 

 

New independent and unaligned Edinburgh based think tank established

 

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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.

 

International Women’s Day: Event in Aberdeen

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Europe Direct Aberdeen, in association with the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh,  will host a panel discussion on gender based violence and consent to mark International Women’s Day.  It will focus on the roles individuals, society and popular culture can play in combating attitudes both about consent and gender based violence.

The panel is made up of speakers from Rape Crisis Grampian, Stella’s Voice and the University of Aberdeen.

This free event will take place at Aberdeen Central Library on the 8th of March at 6pm. Booking is essential and can be done from here.

 

Brexit reading list: legal and constitutional issues

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The House of Commons Library has compiled an impartial selection of articles on the legal and constitutional issues arising from the UK’s forthcoming withdrawal from the EU.

The paper gives details of and, in many cases, links to analysis and comment on:

  • The EU referendum
  • constitutional and legal issues surrounding UK withdrawal
  • the triggering of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union
  • the role of the UK Parliament in triggering the process and in the negotiations
  • the possibility of a second referendum on a withdrawal agreement
  • how the UK Government and Parliament deal with EU legislation
  • the impact of Brexit on the rest of the EU
  • the UK’s future relations with the EU
  • issues for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The paper can be accessed from here:

Brexit reading list

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The House of Commons Library has compiled an impartial selection of articles on the UK’s forthcoming withdrawal from the EU.

The paper gives details of and, in many cases, links to analysis, comment and statistics on:

  • Trade negotiations, tariffs and custom duties
  • Domestic economic policy and public expenditure
  • the EU budget, contributions, grants and loans
  • Business and industry, state aid and SMEs,
  • Employment, training, pay and the cost of living
  • Regional economic development and transport
  • Issues for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

The paper can be accessed from here.

Reminder: Public Meeting-Brexit: What Next for the UK and Scotland?

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Just a quick reminder about the public meeting taking place on Thursday the 9th of February at Aberdeen Central Library to discuss what the issues and options are for both Scotland and the UK.

The event is jointly organised by the Centre on Constitutional Change and Europe Direct Aberdeen.

University of Aberdeen Vice-Principle, Margaret Ross, will chair the event. The speakers are:

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.

For more information and to register for this free event, go to the Eventbrite page.

Seminar -Federalism by Conventions: The Constitutional Implications of Brexit on the Union

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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.

If you have any questions about the event please contact:
Suzi Warren
Research, Commercial and Events Secretary
Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273421
Email: smjwarren@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union White Paper published

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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.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) produces a blog on the UK decision to leave the European Union which is available here.  A particularly useful feature is the weekly update on current developments following on from the decision to leave.

 

Public Meeting-Brexit: What Next for the UK and Scotland?

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On Thursday 9th February there will be a public meeting in Aberdeen Central Library to discuss what is at stake and what the options are for Scotland.

The event is jointly organised by the Centre on Constitutional Change and Europe Direct Information Centre Aberdeen

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.

For more information and to register for this free event, go to the Eventbrite page.