UK exits the EU (EU Barnier statement)

UPDATE : for reference, the FTA proposed by the EU bloc is set out in the EU Council Guidelines (23rd March) – here.

M. Barnier, the EU-27 negotiator, issued yesterday a useful op-ed (opinion article) on the state of play from the perspective of the EU-27 bloc. This is here.

It reminds that 80%, not 100%, of the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed to date.

Technical Notices (UK Brexit Preparedness) #1

UPDATE : the Guardian is reporting today, 5th August, that the Technical Notices (restyled as Public Service Information Notices) will be issued by the various responsible government departments (Department for Transport, DEFRA, the Home Office, and BEIS) and not DExEU as first envisaged. The Guardian article is here.

Tim Shipman, Sunday Times is reporting today, 29th July, that the Technical Notices (I posted about earlier) may not necessarily be fully public, and they will be made available not in series, but in a single bloc at the end of August 2018.

I will Blog Post again if/when there is an update.

The EU Notices are found here.

The Sunday Times article is here.

Technical Notices (UK Brexit Preparedness)

Mrs May (UK Prime Minister) has announced just now (18th July) at the Liaison Committee (of Select Committee chairs) that the government will issue 70 Technical Notices for business and households in August and September. These will be made public. My hope is they will be available online in a central location that is easy to locate (as the EU has and is doing).

I will issue a separate Blog post when the first one(s) are issued. Please look out for this.

UK exits the EU (Brexit Preparedness)

A further EU Notice is issued – on aviation and maritime security – here.

This is a Notice to stakeholders, particularly airports and ports, and their contractors, that UK citizens and baggage will be subject to additional screening measures after Brexit.

The Notice identifies the third country lists that might be available to the UK. For example, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man are already part of the special arrangement known as annex 5-A (see image). It may be possible to extend this.

For shipping, ferry services from the UK “will be subjected to the mandatory provision of security information” before being allowed to dock at ports in the EU.

Please make sure you check all the Notices issued in the EU Brexit Preparedness area, if you have not already done so – here.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (UK)

UPDATE (Wednesday 27 June) : Royal Assent was given yesterday (26th June), the Act is now published. I will add it to the Cardinal EHS Legislation Registers.

The Act is here.

I posted before about this key UK Brexit Bill. The Bill is now ready for Royal Assent.

When it is available in its Act form, I will add it to the Cardinal EHS Legislation Registers as a Link to UK Brexit Bills. I will put this Link to UK Brexit Acts on the top right hand side, linking from both the Environment Registers index page, and the OHS Registers index page. The Link is not yet there.

The purpose of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is to repeal the European Communities Act 1972. It will also make other provisions in connection with the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. The European Communities Act 1972 was the principal means by which EU law was given effect in the UK.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will first be an Act (after receipt of Royal Assent), and then commenced by separate enactment(s). It will not apply until it is commenced. Commencement could be in sections. Until the relevant section(s) are commenced, the 1972 Act remains in force.

Brexit Bill Tracker (UK)

The UK Institute for Government has helpfully compiled the following graphic. You will notice that no UK Brexit bill is yet enacted. Nonetheless, unless otherwise agreed between the UK and the EU, from 12 midnight CET on 29 March 2019, the UK is a third country (in EU law terms).

In the event there is agreement between the UK and the EU on Withdrawal, there will be an additional Withdrawal and Implementation Bill (not to be confused with the Withdrawal Bill that is presently in progress). It is this Withdrawal and Implementation Bill that may set out the provisions for the Transition Period (if such is agreed). Attached to this Bill, may be an outline of the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

UK exits the EU (Galileo)

There is a developing situation regarding the EU Galileo project. EU negotiator Michel Barnier referred to it in a speech yesterday – his speech is here

” Ladies and gentlemen,

One word on Galileo. There have recently been many press articles – and many misunderstandings.

The UK decided unilaterally and autonomously to withdraw from the EU. This implies leaving its programmes as well.

So, we need to put the cooperation on Galileo between the EU and the UK on a new basis.

In doing so, our responsibility is to maintain the autonomy of the EU and to protect our essential security interests.

The EU’s rules on Galileo have been in place for a long time, and are well known to the UK.

In particular, third countries (and their companies) cannot participate in the development of security sensitive matters, such as the manufacturing of PRS-security modules.

Those rules were adopted together by unanimity with the UK as a member, and they have not changed.

Those rules do not prevent the UK, as a third country, from using the encrypted signal of Galileo, provided that the relevant agreements between the EU and the UK are in place. ”

The Telegraph (and others) report the UK Business Secretary Greg Clark has written to 13 UK businesses involved in sensitive work on the EU Galileo project, such as coded communications, saying they must have the UK Government’s sign-off to start new contracts.

EU Notices issued as respects Third Country rules and arrangements in a range of subject areas are found here.

In January, the EU announced the back-up site for the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre will move from the UK to Spain. The press release is here.