Reminder : updated Blog Posts

I updated the Waste (EU) post with an important change. The Waste (UK) post is also updated.

Please make sure to note when I write within a post, that I will update that post.

Post updates are not notified by email, and I don’t issue posts notifying which posts I updated. So keep a record to check the post that’s of interest itself on the platform.

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.