Euroscepticism in the United Kingdom

Brexit update from Environment Secretary

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 12:02am

The EU Environment Sub-Committee questions Defras Secretary of State George Eustice on his Departments preparations for the end of the transition period and priorities for the UK-EU future relationship negotiations.

Key Points: 
  • The EU Environment Sub-Committee questions Defras Secretary of State George Eustice on his Departments preparations for the end of the transition period and priorities for the UK-EU future relationship negotiations.
  • Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    The Committee has been examining a number of Defras policy areas that either need to be resolved in the UK-EU future relationship negotiations, or need to be implemented before the end of the Brexit transition period.
  • Members will be asking the Secretary of State about:
    Possible ways forward for the fisheries negotiations, particularly in relation to quota allocations

Brexit update from Environment Secretary

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 12:01am

The EU Environment Sub-Committee questions Defras Secretary of State George Eustice on his Departments preparations for the end of the transition period and priorities for the UK-EU future relationship negotiations.

Key Points: 
  • The EU Environment Sub-Committee questions Defras Secretary of State George Eustice on his Departments preparations for the end of the transition period and priorities for the UK-EU future relationship negotiations.
  • Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    The Committee has been examining a number of Defras policy areas that either need to be resolved in the UK-EU future relationship negotiations, or need to be implemented before the end of the Brexit transition period.
  • Members will be asking the Secretary of State about:
    Possible ways forward for the fisheries negotiations, particularly in relation to quota allocations

Committee questions Minister about future UK-EU cooperation on international development

Friday, June 26, 2020 - 1:04pm

Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Secretary of State for International Development

Key Points: 
  • Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Secretary of State for International Development
    Discussions will focus on the Government's plans for future collaboration with EU states on international development and the findings of the Lords EU External Relations Sub-Committee's inquiry into international development cooperation after Brexit, held earlier this year, to which the Secretary of State offered to respond.
  • Following the recent announcement of the merger of DfID with the FCO, the meeting also discusses how this could affect future UK international development policy.
  • Specifically, topics will include:
    Future UK international development strategy, including how the UK will seek to maintain influence and leadership post-Brexit

Committee questions Minister about future UK-EU cooperation on international development

Friday, June 26, 2020 - 1:03pm

Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Secretary of State for International Development

Key Points: 
  • Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Secretary of State for International Development
    Discussions will focus on the Government's plans for future collaboration with EU states on international development and the findings of the Lords EU External Relations Sub-Committee's inquiry into international development cooperation after Brexit, held earlier this year, to which the Secretary of State offered to respond.
  • Following the recent announcement of the merger of DfID with the FCO, the meeting also discusses how this could affect future UK international development policy.
  • Specifically, topics will include:
    Future UK international development strategy, including how the UK will seek to maintain influence and leadership post-Brexit

Beleave CRO Appointment and Approval of Stalking Horse Sale Process

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 8:36pm

The issuance of the Stalking Horse Sale Process Court Order follows the appointment of Bill Panagiotakapoulos as the Company's Chief Restructuring Officer (formerly the Company's Interim CEO and COO) to assist both the Company and the Monitor in respect of the Company's CCAA proceedings which commenced on June 5, 2020, and the Stalking Horse Sale Process which was approved on June 15, 2020.

Key Points: 
  • The issuance of the Stalking Horse Sale Process Court Order follows the appointment of Bill Panagiotakapoulos as the Company's Chief Restructuring Officer (formerly the Company's Interim CEO and COO) to assist both the Company and the Monitor in respect of the Company's CCAA proceedings which commenced on June 5, 2020, and the Stalking Horse Sale Process which was approved on June 15, 2020.
  • The Beleave Group sought creditor protection under the CCAA in order to receive a stay of proceedings that will allow the Beleave Group to facilitate a going concern transaction with Hegedus Consulting Services Inc. (the Stalking Horse Purchaser) or identify and conclude a transaction with a superior offer (the Stalking Horse Sale Process).
  • Beleave is developing new product lines, including cannabis-infused products, oils, vape pens, and other novel cannabis delivery methods for 2020.
  • Additional enquiries for the Monitor may be directed to:
    In its capacity as proposed Court-appointed Monitor of the Beleave Group.

Press release - EU-UK talks: MEPs united behind EU stance, rejecting UK cherry-picking

Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 8:01am

They warn against the UK governments current piecemeal approach and emphasise that a comprehensive agreement is in the interest of both parties.

Key Points: 
  • They warn against the UK governments current piecemeal approach and emphasise that a comprehensive agreement is in the interest of both parties.
  • Having the UK cherry-pick certain policies and its access to the single market after Brexit is unacceptable for the EU, says the text.
  • MEPs also call on the parties to ensure a strict implementation of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • The UK has so far not engaged in negotiations on the provisions ensuring equal competition, the draft notes.
  • The draft resolution, involving input from 17 specialised committees and Parliaments United Kingdom Coordination Group (UKCG), was passed by 85 votes in favour, six against and 17 abstentions.
  • The UK Government needs to start translating the Political Declaration into a comprehensive and fair agreement that lays the foundations for a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship.
  • This is what Prime Minister Johnson and the EU signed up to only months ago in the Political Declaration.
  • An ambitious and comprehensive future partnership is in the best interest of both EU and UK citizens."

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The UK-EU future relationship negotiations: social security co-ordination

Friday, June 12, 2020 - 12:03am

Looks at the negotiations on social security co-ordination arrangements after the end of the Brexit 'transition period', in January 2021

Key Points: 
  • Looks at the negotiations on social security co-ordination arrangements after the end of the Brexit 'transition period', in January 2021

    The long-established EU Social Security Co-ordination Regulations provide a reciprocal framework to protect social security and healthcare rights for people moving between EEA states (and Switzerland).

  • The European Commission published a draft treaty text on 18 March covering all aspects of the EUs envisaged Future Relationship with the UK.
  • Legal texts published by the UK Government on 19 May included a Draft Social Security Coordination Agreement setting out the UKs proposals.
  • This briefing gives background to the negotiations on social security co-ordination, and compares the legal texts submitted by the UK and by the EU on this topic.

COVID-19 no excuse for ignoring the constitutional challenges of Brexit

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 1:04pm

Since the referendum on the United Kingdoms membership of the European Union the process of Brexit has been a national fixation.

Key Points: 
  • Since the referendum on the United Kingdoms membership of the European Union the process of Brexit has been a national fixation.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has since monopolised national and international attention but while the context has changed, the issues around Brexit have not.
  • The Committee has examined the continuing constitutional challenges of legislating for Brexit.
  • Creating criminal offences and establishing and empowering public bodies by delegated powers is "in general constitutionally unacceptable.

COVID-19 no excuse for ignoring the constitutional challenges of Brexit

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 1:03pm

Since the referendum on the United Kingdoms membership of the European Union the process of Brexit has been a national fixation.

Key Points: 
  • Since the referendum on the United Kingdoms membership of the European Union the process of Brexit has been a national fixation.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has since monopolised national and international attention but while the context has changed, the issues around Brexit have not.
  • The Committee has examined the continuing constitutional challenges of legislating for Brexit.
  • Creating criminal offences and establishing and empowering public bodies by delegated powers is "in general constitutionally unacceptable.

Beleave Granted Creditor Protection to Pursue Sale of Assets

Friday, June 5, 2020 - 9:30pm

The Initial Order would includes, among other things, a stay of proceedings in favour of the Beleave Group and the appointment of Grant Thornton Limited as monitor of the Beleave Group (in such capacity, the "Monitor").

Key Points: 
  • The Initial Order would includes, among other things, a stay of proceedings in favour of the Beleave Group and the appointment of Grant Thornton Limited as monitor of the Beleave Group (in such capacity, the "Monitor").
  • The Beleave Group sought creditor protection under the CCAA in order to receive a stay of proceedings that will allow the Beleave Group to facilitate a going concern transaction ("Proposed Transaction") with Hegedus Consulting Services Inc. ("Purchaser") or identify and conclude a transaction with a superior offer.
  • Beleave is developing new product lines, including cannabis-infused products, oils, vape pens, and other novel cannabis delivery methods for 2020.
  • Beleave has developed a network of medical cannabis clinics in Ontario and Quebec under the Medi-Green banner.