Democracy Impacts

  • Scottish Party Backs off Plans to Remain in EU

    March 27, 2017

    The Telegraph reports that, in response to polls showing growing support in Scotland for leaving the EU or reducing the bloc's powers, the leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon, has adjusted the party's plans for independence from the UK to target membership of the peripheral European Free Trade Area rather than full-fledged membership in the EU.

  • Politico: UK Eyes 10-Year Brexit Transition Period

    March 27, 2017

    Politico reports that unnamed sources have confirmed UK officials are considering proposing a 10-year post-Brexit transition period during which the EU and Britain would maintain zero tariffs on each other's goods while negotiators work out a permanent free trade deal.

  • EU Prioritizes UK Budget Payments in Brexit Talks

    March 27, 2017

    Bloomberg reports that two officials have confirmed the EU's plans to require an agreement on future UK budget payments before negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain, narrowing the window in which the UK and EU can settle any terms of a future trade relationship before the UK leaves the bloc.

  • UK Official Commits to Irish "Open Border" Policy

    March 27, 2017

    The Irish Times reports that the UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has committed his government to negotiating a "special arrangement" with Ireland to maintain free movement of people between the countries, predicting that the only potential obstacle to such a policy would be the European Commission.

  • UK Minister Denies "Cliff-Edge" on Post-Brexit Migration

    March 27, 2017

    In recent testimony, UK Minister of State for Immigration Robert Goodwill pledged that there will be no "cliff-edge" scenario in British policy dealing with migration from the EU after Brexit and asserted that the government will not accept a migration system that varies by region, as proposed by leaders of the Scottish National Party.

  • EU Parliament Approves Tighter Gun Controls

    March 24, 2017

    The European Parliament has approved legislation that would tighten controls over certain types of firearms throughout the EU and require national governments to put in place an "appropriate monitoring system" and share information regarding gun licensing activities.

  • EU Matches Youth, NGOs for "Solidarity Corps"

    March 24, 2017

    The European Commission has announced that it has begun matching young people with nongovernmental organizations and government authorities as part of its European Solidarity Corps program, which seeks "to promote and strengthen the value of solidarity" in an effort to drive up support for the EU.

  • Officials: Scottish Independence Means Leaving EU

    March 23, 2017

    The Guardian reports on warnings from EU officials that a Scottish vote to leave the UK in a future referendum would entail a Scottish departure from the EU and a requirement that Scotland apply for admission to the bloc in order to become a member.

  • Chemical Lobby Urges Common EU Industrial Policy

    March 23, 2017

    Marco Mensink of the European Chemical Industry Council has authored an opinion piece calling on the EU to develop a common European policy to promote the growth of industry and to suppress "unilateral, ad-hoc laws by national governments" affecting trade and investment.

  • "Multi-Speed Europe" Proposal Hastens EU Federalism

    March 23, 2017

    An article in Politico explains how politicians from EU institutions and some member states are seeking to further the principle of "enhanced cooperation" in the bloc to create a "multi-speed Europe," allowing quicker transfer of sovereignty to Brussels from consenting countries while bypassing objections of countries wary of federalizing the EU.

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