Withdrawal from the European Union

Regional and local leaders urge Member states to quickly adopt EU budget and Recovery Plan to protect citizens and improve local communities' resilience

Friday, July 3, 2020 - 12:07am

They provide a clear response to populists and Eurosceptic, demonstrating the added-value of the EU in these difficult times.

Key Points: 
  • They provide a clear response to populists and Eurosceptic, demonstrating the added-value of the EU in these difficult times.
  • We must ensure that the recovery plan is implemented efficiently and avoid the risks of a centralised process.
  • Subsidiarity and partnership principle are key and local and regional governments, as part of the Member States legally competent authorities, must be fully involved to steer investments where they are needed the most.
  • The ball is now in the court of the National Governments in Member States and of the European Parliament that must act quickly.
  • Discussions are legitimate but we must avoid delays that risk hampering our efforts to timely answers to the needs of our citizens."
  • "The long-term budget and Next Generation EU are the European way to respond to the crisis and take up the path towards recovery.
  • Implementing the new budget and recovery plan will represent a challenge, in terms of strategic planning, coordination and administrative capacity.

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."

Contacts: 

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.

Press release - COVID-19 and German constitutional court decision top meeting with ECB’s Lagarde

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 8:02am

During the quarterly Monetary Dialogue with Ms Lagarde on Monday, Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs focused almost exclusively on the ECBs actions to dampen the pandemics negative effects on the economy and the decision of the German constitutional court on the ECBs Public Sector Purchase Programme.

Key Points: 
  • During the quarterly Monetary Dialogue with Ms Lagarde on Monday, Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs focused almost exclusively on the ECBs actions to dampen the pandemics negative effects on the economy and the decision of the German constitutional court on the ECBs Public Sector Purchase Programme.
  • German constitutional court decision

    Numerous MEPs asked about the effects of the German constitutional courts unprecedented decision in May to dismiss a ruling of the European Court of Justice on the ECBs Public Support Purchase Programme launched in 2015 to stabilise the Eurozone.

  • Others asked about the potential effects on how the ECB would structure its other purchase programme (the PEPP), going forwards.
  • Other topics

    During the meeting, some MEPs touched on some other topics including Brexit, the ECBs role in greening the economy and Greece.

Brexit and UK Defence: An Explainer

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 12:05am

A number of initiatives to further the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy have been agreed, with the participation of the UK, since the Brexit referendum in 2016.

Key Points: 
  • A number of initiatives to further the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy have been agreed, with the participation of the UK, since the Brexit referendum in 2016.
  • What do they entail and what will be the impact for the UK now that it is no longer an EU Member State?
  • EU defence cooperation has been a stated ambition of EU Member States since the 1992 Maastricht Treaty.
  • These developments are frequently raised within the context of Brexit, with questions asked over the nature of UK-EU defence cooperation going forward.

UK-EU future relationship negotiating timetable: extending the transition

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 12:04am

It provides an overview of the debate on whether the post-Brexit transition period should be extended, and explains the process for extending this period.

Key Points: 
  • It provides an overview of the debate on whether the post-Brexit transition period should be extended, and explains the process for extending this period.
  • UK-EU negotiations on the future relationship began in March following the UK withdrawal from the EU.
  • Both the UK and EU are seeking to negotiate a new agreement that can be in place following the end of the post-Brexit transition period.
  • Some commentators have suggested that an implementation or transition phase similar to the current transition period could be agreed as part of a new future relationship agreement.

Fisheries: UK-EU future relationship negotiations

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:03am

The UK is in the process of negotiating its future relationship with the EU, inlcuding fisheries, follwoing Brexit.

Key Points: 
  • The UK is in the process of negotiating its future relationship with the EU, inlcuding fisheries, follwoing Brexit.
  • This will include setting total allowable catches (TACs), distributing quotas and determining who has access to fisheries.
  • Future fishing opportunities would be based on the principle of zonal attachment, similar to the EUs fisheries agreement with Norway.
  • For an overview of the negotiations to date please see Commons Briefing Paper The UK-EU future relationship: the March 2020 EU draft treaty and negotiations update.

Article - Covid-19: the EU plan for the economic recovery

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 12:08am

Grim economic forecasts

Key Points: 
  • Grim economic forecasts

    The latest economic forcasts, presented by the Commission in early May, show the economy has taken a hard hit because of the health crisis.

  • But Parliament insists that the recovery package should come on top of the needs of existing EU programmes and not take funding away from them.
  • Recovery funds should go to those that are hardest hit by the crisis, say MEPs.
  • The resolution suggests the recovery package should be financed through the issuance of long-term recovery bonds guaranteed by the EU budget.