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.

Exiting the EU (UK)

The UK Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) has today published its Great Repeal Bill White Paper “Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union”. 

The White Paper is here

Email Alerts will be sent tomorrow to Subscribers to Cardinal Environment EHS Legislation Registers and Law Checklists.

The proposed changes are substantive: some 1,000 statutory instruments are expected, as well as up to 15 bills. The actions will :

(1) Repeal the European Communities Act

(2) Convert EU Law to UK Law (directly applicable EU law is not written out in UK Law because it didn’t need to be)

(3) Create powers to make statutory instruments to correct UK Law

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

Exiting the EU (UK)

I posted a few days ago, with a link to the Notification of Withdrawal Bill. This Bill passed its Second Reading last night, and the next stage is for it to be debated in Committee. Under the UK system, substantive amendments may only be introduced at Second Reading, so this step is now concluded.

Here is the White Paper, just published, it sets out detail to be debated in the Notification of Withdrawal Bill committee stage, and also ‘underpins the whole Exit process’. 

The DExEU Secretary also confirmed in his statement in the House of Commons a few moments ago, that a second White Paper would be issued to accompany the Great Repeal Bill (if readers remember, the Great Repeal Bill will revoke the legislation that ties UK Legislation to EU Law and at the same time it will ‘implement all EU Law at that time into UK Law’ ‘effectively bringing UK Law into line in all areas wth EU Law). Neither the Great Repeal Bill nor its proposed White Paper are yet issued. This first White Paper makes it clear there will be additional Bills on Immigration and Customs (for example, the White Paper does not say these will be the only Bills, plus substantive Statutory Instruments enacted under the Great Repeal Bill, which will also be subject to Parliamentary oversight.

I will update this Blog post online with key elements of this first White Paper, items I am looking for are:

(1) how exiting Euratom will be dealt with,

(2) how the status of EU nationals living in this country, and yet to come to this country, will be dealt with,

(3) how replacement of regulators, customs processes, conformity assessment procedure, will be dealt with.

These post updates will be to this Blog online, and not reissued by Blog post email, so please check online for these updates to the Blog post.

Further Blog posts will be issued as the Exit process is progressed.