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Statements to Parliament 26 June 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May gave a statement to Parliament on 26 June 2017 regarding the EU Council meeting held on the 22-23 June 2017 and the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-commons-statement-on-european-council-26-june-2017

PM Commons statement on European Council Meeting: 26 June 2017 (pdf)

During this statement, the Prime Minister mentioned the publication today (26 June) of a document containing details of the UK’s proposals to the EU regarding Citizens Rights in the future when the UK leaves the EU.

Following the PM’s statement, David Davis, the secretary of State for Exiting the European Union opened the Queens’ Speech Debate on Brexit and Foreign Affairs.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/david-davis-opening-statement-from-the-queens-speech-debate-brexit-and-foreign-affairs

David Davis’ opening statement from the Queen’s Speech Debate ‘Brexit and Foreign Affairs’ (pdf)

David Davis expanded on the main areas from the Queen’s Speech including

  • Seeking a new deep and special partnership with the EU
  • Leaving the single market and customs union
  • Repeal Bill
  • Other EU exit related legislation

The UK’s contribution to the EU budget

A recent research briefing, dated 12 June 2017, is available from the House of Commons library and examines how much the UK contributes to the EU budget and how much it receives back.

http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7886

The actual net contribution figure made by the UK appears to depend on how the figures have been calculated as there are different ways measuring the funds the UK receives from the EU. This paper is based on figures from HM Treasury but also shows the EU Commissions calculation of the UK’s budget contribution.

The paper also mentions that the EU expects the UK to make a payment as part of the process of leaving the EU (the so called Exit Bill or Divorce Bill) to cover it’s ongoing share of the EU’s future financial committments and possible future access to the Single Market.

The legal position of the Exit Bill is somewhat uncertain with a Lords Committee stating:

On the basis of the legal opinions we have considered we conclude that, as a matter of EU law, Article 50 TEU [the Treaty on the European Union] allows the UK to leave the EU without being liable for outstanding financial obligations under the EU budget and related financial instruments, unless a withdrawal agreement is concluded which resolves this issue.

and the subject is also discussed elsewhere, for example an interesting article can be found on the Blog of the European Journal of International Law at

https://www.ejiltalk.org/the-brexit-bill-and-the-law-of-treaties/

The Exit Bill is scheduled as one of the initial items to be discussed in the opening rounds of the Brexit negotiations.

References:
An earlier guide to the EU Budget, dated January 2017, is also available from the House of Commons Library at

http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN06455

A Guide to the EU Budget (pdf)

The UK’s contribution to the EU Budget (pdf)

EMA and EBA agencies

A European Council meeting, chaired by Donald Tusk, was held on 22 and 23 June 2017 and was attended by leaders of all 28 member countries together with a number of other EU officials.

Full details are available at:

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/2017/06/22-23/

In relation to Brexit, EU27 leaders endorsed the procedure for the relocation of 2 EU agencies currently located in the UK. These are the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority.

This procedural document suggests the process to be used for these agencies to be relocated and details of the costs and infrastructure associated with the operation of the existing agencies

https://politick.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/22-euco-conclusions-agencies-relocation.pdf

The EMA (European Medicines Agency) was created in 1995 with a mission to evaluate and supervise human and veterinary medicinal products on the grounds of safety, efficacy and quality in order to protect human and animal health in the EU.

http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/

EMA About Us (pdf)

The EBA (European Banking Authority) was established on 1 January 2012 and works to ensure effective and consistent prudential regulation and supervision across the European banking sector. Its overall objectives are to maintain financial stability in the EU and to safeguard the integrity, efficiency and orderly functioning of the banking sector.

http://www.eba.europa.eu

EBA at a Glance (pdf)

Prime Minister Press Statement 23 June

Theresa May released a press statement about subjects covered at a European Council meeting held on 22 and 23 June 2017 including security, trade, migration and citizens’ rights. The Press statement can be viewed below, or the original is available at

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/european-council-june-2017-prime-ministers-press-statement

At this European Council we dealt with a broad ranging agenda.

We covered issues that are of critical importance to the UK now – such as counter-terrorism and climate change. These issues will remain important after we leave the EU.

That is why we will play a full role while we are members of the European Union, and why we want a deep and special partnership with our EU friends and allies after we leave.

Last night I was also able to update other leaders on the UK’s proposal to give reassurance and certainty to EU citizens who have made their homes and lives in our country.

Let me deal with a few of the items I and other leaders discussed.

On security, there was strong commitment around the table to stand firm in the fight against terrorism and the online extremism that incites terrorism.

I was able to thank our European partners in person for their support and condolence following the appalling attacks in Manchester and London.

Those attacks have not just affected British citizens, but citizens from across Europe – just as British people suffered in the attacks in Paris and Stockholm.

And I say this in a city which has itself suffered great loss from terrorist attacks.

These atrocities have strengthened the need for us to work together to keep our countries safe.

So I urged other leaders to put pressure on technology companies to do more to rid extremist content from the internet and to ensure that law enforcement agencies can access encrypted data.

That is what has been agreed at this European Council, and it builds on the recent work I have done with President Macron of France.

We must continue to work together to combat this evil, to defend our values, and to keep our citizens safe.

On defence, we have welcomed plans for Europe to step up cooperation on capabilities, and for the EU and NATO to work more closely together. The UK will always be committed to the defence of Europe.

On climate change, this European Council reaffirmed the commitment of the EU and all Member States to fully implement the Paris Agreement.

The UK welcomes that joint commitment.

We discussed the importance of the EU pursuing an ambitious trade policy, delivering jobs and growth. That trade must be fair as well as free. The UK will continue to play a leading role in pushing for openness in global trade.

On migration, I emphasised the UK would continue to play its part in tackling the ongoing migration crisis – which is a challenge for our entire continent.

The Council recommitted to a comprehensive approach to the crisis. That means dealing with the drivers of migration while also doing more to stem the flow of migration.

This summit focussed on the Central Mediterranean route, and I confirmed a new UK bilateral commitment of £75 million to meet urgent humanitarian needs while also facilitating voluntary returns of migrants making these treacherous journeys.

Finally, after the constructive start to our Brexit negotiations earlier this week, I wanted to briefly set out to my fellow European leaders the UK’s approach to giving reassurance and certainty to EU citizens living in the UK.

I want all those EU citizens who are in the UK, who’ve made their lives and homes in our country to know that no one will have to leave. We won’t be seeing families split apart. People will be able to go on their living their lives as before.

This is a fair and serious offer – it gives those three million EU citizens in the UK certainty about the future of their lives, and we want the same certainty for the more than one million UK citizens who are living in the European Union.

On Monday, I will publish my proposals in full – and look forward to reaching an agreement at the earliest possible date.

House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library provides information and research services for MPs and their staff in support of their parliamentary duties. Some of the information contained in the library can also be accessed by members of the public through their web-site.

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Research Briefings are documents that offer a summary of facts and background information on subjects of interest including legislation proceeding through Parliament. These documents are published and accessible from the Commons Library web-site.

As an example, you can read a research briefing on the implications of Brexit for fisheries – A forthcoming Fisheries Bill was mentioned in the recent Queens Speech.

Find the briefing Brexit: What next for UK fisheries? here
http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7669

Other Research briefings can be found at:
http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk

Other available documents include “deposited papers” which MPs and ministers place in the Library in reply to parliamentary questions.

A section of the website is dedicated to items related to Brexit and is Parliament’s analysis of how leaving the EU will affect different policy areas in the UK. It is available at:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/eu-referendum/

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