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Scotland in Europe Update: 26th May 2017: Scotland in Europe Update: Flags fly half-mast for Manchester


In a sad week, the outrage which took place in Manchester is almost beyond comprehension.  It goes without saying that our thoughts have been with the victims, their families and friends, and the emergency services.  Across the EU flags were lowered and people gathered to pay their respects and emphasise their solidarity:

Earlier in the week, the EU Commission received its mandate to begin negotiations with the UK government.  In keeping people informed through these updates, I hope I can do my part in the service of our democracy.



The European Commission received its formal mandate to begin negotiations with the UK.

There is a handy Q&A explaining the details here:

The Irish support a tougher Brexit stance according to an opinion poll conducted for RTÉ One. Of those asked, 72% trust the EU's negotiating team to stand up for Ireland while only 43% trust the UK Government.

By 2025, GDP could be up to 3.1% lower if the Conservatives limit migration as they intend according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Net long-term migration to the U.K. was down by 84,000 from 2015 mainly as a result of EU citizens leaving the U.K.

The Commission published the criteria for bidding to host the European Medical Agency and the European Investment Bank, both of which are currently located in the UK.

Jay Rayner has written an important but entertaining column highlighting the issues that farmers will face after Brexit.

“It doesn’t look like a soft Brexit to me at all,” said Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret.

A leaked document from the EU explains the 90 legal acts that makeup the UK’s legal obligations within the budget period of 2014-2020. This comes to around €100bn gross and €55-€75bn net.

The International Bar Association expressed its concerns about a hard Brexit.

Scotland receives a higher level of Horizon 2020 income per capita (€55 per capita compared with a UK average of €40) than all of the other nations, according to a new report on the role of EU funding in UK research and innovation, authored by the Academy of Medical Sciences, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society.

John Springford and Simon Tilford of the Centre for European Reform have outlined how no deal would be much worse than a bad deal.

A Guide to Brexit has been released by the Institute of International and European Affairs.

Colin Yeo points out that there was only a short period of just 11 years between 1962 and 1973 when free movement of people did not apply in the UK.

The quintessential Mr Darcy, Colin Firth, has applied for Italian citizenship due to Brexit.

And work by the University of Sussex and Chatham House finds that the price of wine in 2025 will be 22% higher than it would be without Brexit.