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.

Aviation and Heathrow (UK)

This morning the Transport Secretary outlined the next steps for consultation on the UK Government plans for Heathrow expansion and related matters. The statement is here.

When the consultation documents and draft policies are available (expected later today), I will add links and a short commentary direct to this post online. The update won’t appear in your email, please check the Blog post online for the update.

Anyone wishing any of this proposed legislation, policy or guidance to be included in the ENV Transport Register on their systems, should let me know. 

Natural Capital Protocol

The Natural Capital Protocol is a standardized framework that helps companies identify, measure and value their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. It was launched in July 2016.

The Council of the European Union, gathered on 17 October 2016 in Luxembourg under the Slovak Presidency, officially recognised the Natural Capital Protocol in the Outcome of the Council meeting. In its conclusions, the Council “considers that mainstreaming biodiversity provides new opportunities for all economic sectors, including the private sector (…); and calls on the business sector to increase its involvement in and contribution to achieving both the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the biodiversity-related Sustainable Development Goals, and to analyse and invest in improvements and report on their impacts, actions and investments related to biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides, sharing experiences and best practices, e.g. in the framework of Business and Biodiversity Platforms as well as other initiatives, such as the Natural Capital Protocol”. 

The Natural Capital Protocol is here.

The Aichi Biodiversity Targets are here.