Saturday, 07 July 2018 04:43

Our Man in Europe

Dear Friends,

It has been another busy week in the European Parliament, including an important vote on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, a topic about which many of you have been in touch. I voted to reject the mandate, on the grounds that the package agreed by the Committee responsible needed more work to strike a proper balance.

The dossier will now remain live before the full Parliament over the Summer, allowing time for a proper full debate and vote of the Parliament in September. You can read more here:

Meanwhile in Westminster, Theresa May is attempting to persuade, threaten and cajole her openly-rebelling Cabinet members and MPs to agree about the future of the UK-EU relationship. It is worth remembering that although the public has not yet been shown the proposal the Commission has seen a copy.

They rejected it:

Incidentally, so did David Davis:

As you’ll know by now, I produce these updates to make sure people have the facts at their fingertips, and I’d rather not get into breathless speculation. Brexit is a source of genuine upset for a lot of folk, and so I’d advise waiting until Sunday to read some proper analysis, rather than the minute-by-minute drip-feed. With that in mind, I’ll wait until next week to cover the Chequers meeting, once we have the details confirmed - if, indeed, anything of substance emerges at all.

Yours aye,


The European Parliament Brexit Steering Group has released a statement regarding the UK Government's settled status scheme for EU nationals.

This week the EU brought in higher levels of protection for 120 million holidaymakers. The Conservative Party, which is dragging us out of the EU and protections for holidaymakers, cheered its arrival and tried to claim credit!

In case you wanted to see the detail, here is the EU’s statement.

The Scottish Government’s Michael Russell joined MEPs in Strasbourg to brief EU press on Scotland and Europe. While the Tories fight like ferrets in a sack, the Scottish Government is getting on with the job.

And the Scottish Government has published recommendations it would like to see in the UK Government’s White Paper.

The European Parliament rejecting Article 11 and Article 13 shows how the democratic EU system works. It’s also the topic of this week’s National column!

The British Chambers of Commerce have released a series of outstanding Brexit questions.

UNITE members support a people’s vote.

The NHS in England is worried about a no-deal scenario.

Banks are concerned about Brexit, as revealed by a quarterly survey of Britain’s financial services sector.

Andrew Tickell has written a primer on the Scottish Government’s Brexit Bill court case.

The House of Commons Treasury Committee has asked the Bank of England and the Treasury to publish assessments on the impact of Brexit.

And the Exiting the European Union Committee has released a report on EU withdrawal and data protection.

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published an opinion relating to the risks posed by lack of preparation by financial institutions for the departure of the UK from the EU.

The London Stock Exchange has applied for an Amsterdam trading licence in case of hard Brexit

The IPPR has published a report showing that post-Brexit price rises will squeeze incomes more in Scotland and Northern Ireland than anywhere else in the UK.

The UK Government has published its fishing proposal. To be clear, there is no way to split fishing rights from trade with the EU as the Tories propose. Maintaining market access is essential for our fishing communities and the UK Government’s fantasy plan will not deliver it.

The European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs committee held a meeting on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

John Nagle (University of Aberdeen) explains why the Good Friday Agreement is on life support but why hope still remains.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism have published a report on how Europe's media covers Brexit.

Jaguar Land Rover has said that a hard Brexit will cost it £1.2bn a year.

And finally, Bloomberg put together an excellent summary of why Brexit poses an existential threat to Gibraltar.

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