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 (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!

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)

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.