European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (UK)

Today the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was given its First Reading in the House of Commons. The purpose of this Bill (when enacted) is to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 (ECA) on the day the UK leaves the European Union (scheduled to be 29th March 2019). 

The principal purpose of the Bill is to provide a functioning statute book on the day the UK leaves the EU. As a general rule, the same rules and laws will apply on the day after exit as on the day before. It will then be for Parliament and, where appropriate, the devolved legislatures to make any future changes.

The Bill performs four main functions. It:

(1) repeals the ECA;

(2) converts EU law as it stands at the moment of exit into domestic law before the UK leaves the EU;

(3) creates powers to make secondary legislation, including temporary powers to enable corrections to be made to the laws that would otherwise no longer operate appropriately once the UK has left the EU and to implement a withdrawal agreement; and 

(4) maintains the current scope of devolved decision making powers in areas currently governed by EU law.

Subscribers to Cardinal Environment Limited Tailored EHS Legislation Registers and Law Checklists for the UK, and the regional variants, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Britain, and England &a Wales, will be substantively affected by the law changes created by this Bill and other Brexit UK laws. 

To assist the transition, we will add an additional direct linking webpage to both the Health and Safety, and the Environmental Registers access. This page will give direct access to the Brexit laws, and their explanatory notes. Please keep following this bLog for updates.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is found here. The Explanatory Notes are here

UK exits the EU (3rd country status)

In a speech this morning Michel Barnier set out the implications for customs and rules of origin checks to operate from 30 March 2019 00:00h CET (when the UK is a third country as respects trade with the EU). 

I will update this post with a link to the full text of the speech if it’s published. Meantime the images are screen grabs of the tweets of BBC correspondent Damian Grammaticas who attended the speech. 

Note: this information could alter if transitional arrangements are agreed, or indeed if a EU-UK trade agreement materialises.

Note: this Blog has an environment and health and safety focus, please refer elsewhere for more detailed information on third country customs and single market trading rules.

UK exits the EU (medicines and veterinary products)

On 2nd May 2017 the European Commission and the European Medicines Agency (currently based in London) issued a Q&A document. This first list of questions and answers addresses the establishment requirements (within the EEA), and will be updated.

The document is here. From 30th March 2019 00:00 hrs (CET) the UK will be a (EEA) third country, and the following provisions will apply :

(1) marketing authorisation holders must be established in the EEA (this includes Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein),

(2) Qualified Persons for Pharmacovigilance (QPPV) must reside and carry out their tasks within the EEA,

(3) the Pharmacovigilance System Master File (PSMF) must be located within the EEA,

(4) active substances manufactured in the UK will be considered imported active substances, 

(5) medicinal products manufactured in the UK will be considered imported medicinal products, 

(6) batch release sites (for certification) must be located in the EEA. 

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. 

Scottish Independence Referendum II (Scotland)

Scotland’s First Minister has today written to the UK Prime Minister to begin early discussions to allow a referendum on Scottish independence to take place.

It comes after the Scottish Parliament voted to give the Scottish Government a mandate for a Section 30 order under the Scotland Act 1998 to enable a referendum. An independence referendum held in 2014 gave a result in favour of remaining in the UK Union. 

The letter that has been sent is published on the website of the Scottish Government, and is located here

It is already possible to subscribe to Scotland EHS Legislation Registers and Law Checklists, as part of Cardinal Environment Limited services. In the event that this second referendum results in Scotland exiting the UK Union, then any subscriber to Britain EHS Legislation Registers and Law Checklists will be offered subscription to Scotland, England and Wales as separate systems (and Britain will be discontinued). Northern Ireland is only offered as a separate system. 

Exiting the EU (UK & EU)

Further developments yesterday and today are set out below :

(1) the UK will also exit the European Economic Area (EEA) – this involves Article 127 of the EEA Agreement – a White Paper is expected on this. This is in addition to exiting the EU and Euratom.

(2) the European Parliament issued a draft Motion for a Resolution on the negotiations with the United Kingdom – this document is here.

(3) the European Council issued draft Guidelines for the negotiations, these were issued to 27 Member States and will be finalised at the EU27 meeting on 29th April – these Guidelines are here (curtesy of the Irish state broadcaster RTE).

On foot of these further developments, Email Alerts to subscribers to Cardinal Environment Limited EHS Legislation Registers and Law Checklists will be sent on Monday.