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Scotland in Europe update: 28th April 2017

A few days ago, the European Commission’s draft negotiating directives for Brexit were made public. The top priority is to protect the rights of EU and UK citizens, in the UK and across the EU 27. For example, the European Commission wants to uphold the right of EU and UK citizens who have already worked, lived or retired in the UK or in the EU 27. The Commission's draft also looks at the cost of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and underlines its demand that the UK pays for the cost of Brexit, for instance the relocation of European agencies located in the UK.

This is the reality of these negotiations. The EU will act to protect its interests and we shouldn’t be surprised by this. It doesn’t mean to say that they will be punitive, but we shouldn’t expect the UK government to be handed everything it wants on a silver platter. If we are going to create any goodwill going into these discussions, the UK government must act - and must act now - for example to clarify the position of EU citizens currently in the UK.

You can read a copy of the draft directives here:



This weekend sees the Heads of State of the EU - minus the UK - get together to confirm the Brexit negotiating directives. Reports suggest that there won’t be any great changes as the directives will be amended throughout the talks:

The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier have been in London this week, meeting UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The rights of EU and UK citizens affected by Brexit were central to the talks:

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has advised Britain not to harbour "illusions" about its post-Brexit status:

Professor Iain Begg of the London School of Economics warns Brexit negotiators must avoid a lose-lose situation on jobs:

Michel Barnier has warned that the UK financial sector will have to remain as regulated as it currently is after Brexit:

Meanwhile, London’s financial service sector is being watched with hungry eyes from a variety of EU member states. This from the Irish side:
And this from the Germans:

Professor Sir David Edward, former judge at the European Court of Justice, has slammed the “invincible ignorance” of Brexit-backing ministers and their misleading promises of autonomy:

A US-UK free-trade deal would be a low priority, the US Commerce Secretary suggested:

Meanwhile Tomorrow the EU 27 will discuss the EU prospects for Northern Ireland in the event of Irish reunification:

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair's tactical voting intervention urging voters to back anti-Brexit candidates has enraged left-wing activists in Labour:

But could tactical voting stop Brexit?

Norway has warned of the consequences of EU fishing exclusion post-Brexit:

While Germany’s Deutsche Welle has covered  ‘the fishermen of Brexit’:

As for the farmers, European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan ruled out a stand-alone EU-UK agriculture deal - it would make things too complicated, so one deal encompassing agriculture is what the EU wants:

Deutsche Bank is warning of the loss of up to 4,000 jobs in the wake of Brexit:

The Home Office is trying to discourage EU nationals from applying for permanent residence in the UK to avoid being deluged by applications:

European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici warned the Conservative Party not to make promises about Brexit it can’t keep during the UK general election campaign:

Scotland's small businesses are concerned about EU workers leaving: 

And our universities are warning of a brain drain: 

The European Parliament’s Policy Department published a report on the impact of Brexit on Scotland, Wales and Gibraltar:

The Centre for European Reform (CER) podcast asks, “What UK-EU trade deal post-Brexit?”

The French election joins the UK general election as a more European than domestic campaign, says the Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER):

US, EU and UK air transport negotiators will have to scramble to update the decade-old transatlantic open skies agreement to prevent aviation chaos in the wake of Britain’s departure from the EU:

UK pharmaceutical companies have called for a phased transition in drug regulation after the UK leaves the EU, in order to avoid supply disruption and protect public health: