Cardinal Environment Limited public website

Some months ago I advised we would be upgrading our public website and introducing new services on it. This activity has been overtaken by the complexity of the UK Brexit process. Accordingly, viewers will see a simple update has been published last year (only). 

When the UK Brexit process has been completed, we will update our country coverage. 

Please address any questions about our public website to me by email. 

UK exits the EU (talks 19th June start)

On Monday 19th June, talks begin between the UK and the EU to sort out the UK’s exit from the European Union.

On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom notified the European Council of its intention to leave the European Union, in accordance with Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. On 29 April 2017, the European Council – made up of the heads of state or government of the 28 EU countries – adopted a set of political guidelines, which define the framework for the negotiations and set out the EU’s overall positions and principles.

The EU is represented by Michel Barnier, as Chief Negotiator for the 27 EU countries. His taskforce at the European Commission coordinates the work on all strategic, operational, legal and financial issues related to the negotiations.

During these talks, the UK remains a full member of the EU. This means that all existing EU rights and obligations continue to apply to the UK.

The Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom are unique and differ from any other negotiation conducted by the European Union to date. Given their unprecedented nature, the European Commission has decided to adopt a tailor-made approach to transparency.

The EU transparency approach is set out here

Cardinal Environment Limited is not withdrawing from any market and will continue to service its UK, European and International clients as before. My Blog comments will post out regularly. Thank you!

UK exits EU next steps (UK & EU)

The UK has 10 days before it’s population decides the next government on 8 June. On 19 June, negotiations begin to settle the terms for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. 

The EU has committed itself to transparency principles here

Information about the EU task force that is involved is located here.

Cardinal Environment Limited will continue to support its customers through this process. The law of individual EU and EEA member states is not affected. 

Exiting the EU (UK & EU)

Today the UK notified its trigger of article 50 withdrawal from the European Union. In addition, the UK is also withdrawing from Euratom. 

In line with our company decision, communicated in an earlier blog post, to split the company operations into UK/Ireland and Overseas/European, the IT works for this are well commenced. To keep costs at a minimum, through what is a costly change in the UK EHS regulatory regime, we will not base the International/European operations in Canary Wharf. We will instead run these, at least for the moment, from the company’s registered office. 

Since the Republic of Ireland is not exiting with the UK, we will handle its work as part of International/European. The UK work will continue to be handled in Watford. Any changes to invoice arrangements will be communicated to relevant persons, as and when necessary. For now there are no changes to invoice handling.

We will be following the specifics of the exiting process on the website of the Taskforce on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdon that is set up by the European Commission for the purpose. 

The European Council statement and the UK Prime Minister notification letter issued today are found in here

UK Brexit Update (Cardinal Environment)

Today the UK Prime Minister confirms the key points of approach ahead of commencing the administrative mechanisms of UK exit from the EU.

In common with others, we see three work streams in the UK exit from the EU :

(1) Administrative Brexit

(2) Legal Brexit

(3) Trade Brexit

We will continue to advise, by Email direct, and in this Blog, on all 3 Brexits. 

Administrative Brexit

The UK PM speech today confirms a March 2017 start to this.

Legal Brexit

The acquis of the EU will be separated from UK law. This is a substantive task. Since gaps are inevitable, we will begin our own project of separation for those EHS, product, and equipment laws we provide and we advise on.

Trade Brexit

New and changes to existing conformity assessment procedures, regulatory bodies, product packaging, labelling, classification, will impinge on EHS, product, and equipment law. Accordingly, these will be included in the Cardinal Environment Law Project (identified under Legal Brexit). 

Cardinal Environment Offices

To help with work planning, and delivery, a second office will be opened in Canary Wharf. This will handle International (including European) contracts.

Watford : UK and ROI (Republic of Ireland)

Canary Wharf : International (including European)

Bratislava Summit (EU)

Today the 27 EU Heads of State and Government meet for the first time (without the UK) in Bratislava Castle, Slovakia.

It’s an informal meeting, ahead of formal meetings in October. 

I will be following the outputs throughout the day here, and I will be assisted in this task by Politico Europe who have been setting up this morning.

Our services to customers in EU/EEA/EFTA countries will continue, and there will be no change (for the present) in our London operations. Any changes, such as setting up operations inside the EU for better information gathering and client servicing, will be advised by Blog and Email. 

Referendum Outcome (UK)

The vote of Thursday 23 June 2016 is for the UK to leave the European Union. Legal and constitutional steps are required for the vote to be implemented; none are yet taken.

Actions to-date by the UK government are as follows:
(1) a Civil Service EU Unit is being set up, based in the Cabinet Office, with remit to prepare materials for the new Prime Minister when he/she takes office (expected 9th September).
(2) the Treasury and Foreign Affairs Select Committees have resumed their taking of expert witness testimony.
(3) the Science and Technology Select Committee has commenced it’s taking of expert witness testimony.
(4) the Secretary of State for Business has initiated a Round Table of Business, with representatives from the CBI, FSB, Institute of Directors etc, the first meeting was held Tuesday 28th June.

Actions to date by the Scottish Government are as follows:
(1) an EU expert committee is being formed (the Standing Council on Europe).
(2) the European and External Affairs Committee has commenced it’s taking of expert witness testimony.

This Blog will notify of the legal and constitutional steps (as they are or will be taken). This will be in addition to the usual posts in different environment and health and safety categories. A new Blog category “Referendum Outcome (UK)” is created. Please refer to this, in the archive, for this and further posts.

Please refer to the Cardinal Environment Facebook page, found via the company’s public website, for links to UK Select Committees and the Committees of Regional Governments. Salient and key findings of Committees will be notified via this Blog (under the category Referendum Outcome (UK)).

The UK government continues to make and pass laws, and until the situation changes, these will continue to implement EU law and the highest court will continue to be the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Subscribers to Cardinal Tailored EHS Legislation Registers will see no difference in the layout of their Registers, initially. Environment and Health and Safety law changes will be advised by Email Alert in the normal manner.

Since it is expected that at least most of environment and health and safety legislation already enacted will not be repealed, Email Alerts will be sufficient to notify of changes.

Going forward, competences will return to the UK, and the structure of the Registers will be adjusted to reflect this. I will advise by Email Alert of these changes, when they occur.

It is strongly recommended that subscribers take the opportunity afforded by annual renewal, to hold an Annual Review with me, when we can discuss this. Cardinal Law Checklists are also relevant, and I will also demonstrate these in the Annual Review.