Brexit Highlights 20 – 26 January 2020

– The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 has been given Royal Assent.

– The Withdrawal Agreement was signed by the EU. More information can be found here

– The European Union Committee (House of Lords) produced a new report – Scrutiny of international agreements. Treaties considered on 21 January 2020

– The House of Commons Library produced new research briefings and blog posts – Lords amendments to the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill; Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies; Brexit timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union; Brexit debates 2019; Brexit next steps: Ratifying the EU Withdrawal Agreement

– The Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre produced new posts, including the following – Is Brexit eroding the Sewel convention?; The scrutiny challenge posed by common frameworks; SPICe Post-Brexit Hub

– A new report was made available by the Scottish Government Social and Equality Impacts of Brexit

– A new post was published on the National Assembly for Wales Research Service blog – European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – An Update

Opinion on Proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community was published.

Opinion on the Council Decision on the conclusion of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community was made available.

– ‘The Constitutional Affairs Committee MEPs voted in favour of a positive recommendation regarding the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement’. More information as well as videos from the meeting can be found here: Press release – Brexit: the Withdrawal Agreement passes the first European Parliament test

– The European Parliament adopted a new resolution – Implementing and monitoring the provisions on citizens’ rights in the Withdrawal Agreement

– New slides were made available on the European Commission website Slides – Internal EU27 preparatory discussions on the future relationship: “Architecture and legal nature of the partnership”; Slides – Internal EU27 preparatory discussions on the future relationship: “Governance”; Slides – Internal EU27 preparatory discussions on the future relationship: “Mobility of persons”; Slides – Internal EU27 preparatory discussions on the future relationship: “UK participation in Union programmes”

‘The Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper), meeting in an EU27 format, endorsed guiding principles for transparency in the negotiations on the future relationship with the United Kingdom’

– A new post was posted by the European Parliamentary Research Service on its blog – Brexit: The Final Countdown [What Think Tanks Are Thinking]

– A new post was published on the Law Society website – Brexit transition period

– A new podcast was made available on the Allen & Overy website – Brexit Podcast: The Brexit transition period – Business as usual for mainstream debt capital issuance for

– A new article was published on the UCL Brexit blog – Scotland’s European Choices as UK Exits the EU

– New articles were published on the LSE Brexit blog, including the following – Membership 2.0: what the UK rejoining the EU would involve; The Agriculture Bill is radical, but it may not be enough to sustain smaller British farms; Not necessarily more protectionist – Brexit may make EU trade policy more progressive

– New posts were published on the Cosmopolis blog – Universal Credit, Means-Tested Benefits, Pension Credit, Tax Credits, and Universal Benefits for EU Citizens in the UK after Brexit under the Withdrawal Agreement; Statutory Magic and Appeal Rights for EU Citizens under the UK’s European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

– New articles were posted on the UK in a Changing Europe, including the following – Brexit strains for UK and devolved institutions; The Irish general election: what’s at stake?

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