Brexit Highlights 19 – 25 June 2017

—  Negotiation process started on Monday 19 June 2017. On the same day, Terms of Reference for the Article 50 TEU negotiations (19/6/17) were published guiding the negotiation process including negotiation structure, frequency of negotiating rounds and rules on transparency. The statement made by Secretary of State David Davis following the opening of EU exit negotiations can be found here.

—  Queen’s Speech was delivered on Wednesday 21 June 2017 in which eight bills related to Brexit were announced. You can find the full text here.

—  Jon Henley, the Guardian’s European affairs correspondent, put together a useful Brexit phrasebook explaining key terms such as EEA/EFTA or Reste à liquider.

—  A reference document of the Workshop on “Common Fisheries Policy and BREXIT’ which took place on 21 June 2017 was published. The workshop was organised by the Committee on Fisheries (COMPECH) and the Policy Department B (PECH Research) of the European Parliament.

—  The Scottish   Parliament’s   Culture,   Tourism,   Europe   and   External Relations Committee  has agreed  to  hold  an inquiry  to  monitor  and  scrutinise  the  Article  50 withdrawal negotiations and their implications for Scotland. The Committee issued a call for evidence on 20 June 2017. The closing date for submissions is 18 August 2017. More information can be found here.

—  Several interesting posts related to Brexit appeared on the House of Commons Library blog this week: The Great Repeal Bill (21/6/17); Brexit and borders: migration and asylum (21/6/17); Brexit: an overview (23/6/17); Brexit and Trade (23/6/17); Fishing, farming and UK consumers after Brexit (23/6/17)

—  The House of Commons Library published a pack which ‘has been prepared ahead of the Debate on the Address to be held in the Commons Chamber on Monday 26th June 2017 on Brexit and Foreign Affairs.’ It could found here.

—  Professor Mark Elliott published The 2017 Queen’s Speech and the (no longer “Great”) Repeal Bill on his blog Public Law for Everyone on 21 June 2017. He also writes that “The UK’s relationship with the EU is of course front and centre. But constitutional relationships within the UK will, or at least should, also play a key role in shaping Brexit. The technicalities buried in the interstices of the Repeal Bill are a different matter from the big-picture questions of hard versus soft Brexit that throw the UK’s devolved politics into the very sharpest relief. But the Repeal Bill, as it shortly begins its passage through the UK Parliament, may well serve as a bellwether, given the sensitivities it raises in respect of the UK’s already fragile territorial constitution.”

—  Dora Kostakopoulou (University of Warwick) wrote an article ‘What Fractures Political Unions? Failed Federations, Brexit and the Importance of Political Commitment’ for the European Law Review which we have in the Library. Here is the abstract: “The Brexit outcome of the referendum on 23 June 2016 suspended the vision of a “Europe of solidarity” and made the fragmentation of the EU both thinkable and real. This article examines this development though lens of European integration theories and revisits an older question posed by Franck et al., namely, why federations fail. The discussion highlights the role of political commitment to the success or the failure of a political Union and suggests a reconsideration of the situated agency in process of political fission. This has implications for the UK’s withdrawal negotiations following the activation of art.50 TEU as well as for European integration theory.”

  • Citation: Dora Kostakopoulou, ‘What Fractures Political Unions? Failed Federations, Brexit and the Importance of Political Commitment’ (June 2017) 3 E.L.Rev. 339–352.

—  An initiative The UK in a Changing Europe published a report entitled ‘EU referendum: one year on covering the politics and the economics; public opinion, public policies, and the implications for the nations of the UK and for relations with the EU.

—  A new post on the European Parliamentary Research Service blog looks into the Brexit negotiations and issues for the first phase. It also includes a link to the in-depth analysis on the topic. The document in a pdf format can be found here.

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